Amy Vander Els holds a BA in Studio Art with a concentration in Drawing and an M.Ed in k-12 Art Education from the University of New Hampshire. She taught high school art in Massachusetts before heading overseas to teach internationally in Italy, Hungary and the Cayman Islands. She recently returned home to New England to try her hand at making a living selling what she makes. She has an art studio at the Artist's Muse in Amesbury, Massachusetts where she hammers and beads jewelry, melts wax for encaustics, taps away at her typewriter to create stationery and prints, teaches private art lessons to artists of all ages, drinks lots of coffee and listens to NPR and WUMB. Her work is a reflection of her personally, as she is drawn to vintage and classic aesthetics that have a sense of timelessness and enduring quality and class. At the same time, she likes items that are unique and edgy, especially if they can also be simple and understated. Amy's artwork has been exhibited internationally at group shows and her jewelry designs, typewriter prints and stationery, and encaustic works of art can currently be found in a number of boutiques, galleries and cafes in coastal New England.