I began painting as an undergraduate art major at the University of Wisconsin. It is a medium that I always come back to and enjoy. As a child of the Northwoods I find myself enchanted by the nature that surrounds me wherever I go and I try to find ways to recreate that wonder with paint.
Oil on board, 16x20, 2015
Oil on canvas, 18x24. 2014
Oil on Canvas, 24x36, 2013
Oil on Canvas, 24x30, 2016
2017, Oil on Canvas
It Snows in Reno
Oil on Panel, 16x20, 2014
Oil on Canvas, 18x24, 2014
2015, Oil on board, 18x24
I painted my first professional mural on a whim in 2016. I was instantly hooked and began volunteering with Dane Arts Mural Arts (DAMA) in Madison to learn from the best mural artists around. DAMA specializes in community murals with a focus on bringing mural art to underrepresented youth and communities in Dane County, Wisconsin. Every day painting with DAMA artists Alicia Rheal and Emida Roller I learned new techniques and developed my skills as an artist. They couldn’t shake me and as new projects rolled in I eventually became a DAMA lead artist and grant writer. The opportunity to paint for a living and to share my passion and skills with kids and communities is precious. https://daneartsmuralarts.org
In addition to my work with DAMA I do private commission murals, work on mural production for other mural designers, and I am an official Walldog! The Walldogs are an international group of sign painters and mural artists who gather and transform small towns with incredible historical murals. These meets have taken me to Beaver Dam, WI, Westerly, RI, and Streater, IL in just a few short years. At each event a community of talented artists gather to share their skills and knowledge with each other and with the town residents. It is another opportunity to learn from the very best! http://thewalldogs.com
Please contact me if you are interested in a mural or learning more about my private work or work with DAMA.
Lorine Niedecker Mural
I had the incredible opportunity to work with metal artists Cynthia Bliss and Erika Koivunen on a mural in the Fort Atkinson Middle School. The piece celebrates the life and work of Black Hawk Island poet Lorine Niedecker. http://www.dailyunion.com/news/article_16c0c562-b716-11e6-b7f4-ffca8513cd8c.html
I designed and painted the mural based on a visit to Lorine Niedecker’s long-time home on Black Hawk Island. The text is a beautiful snippet from poetry that she wrote at the site.
On site color-changing lighting adds to and changes the atmosphere of the piece throughout the day.
Lorine Niedecker Mural
3'x7'x11', Acrylic on Cinderblock, Metal, Wood, 2016 Fort Atkinson Middle School
This Mural was created in collaboration with metal artists Cynthia Bliss and Erika Koivunen.
Hemlock baby room
Nova Paint with clear coat, 2017
DAMA mural 56ft x 8ft Designed by A. Zaremba, painted with DAMA artists Emida Roller and Alicia Rheal along with students from UW, Deerfield High School and Deerfield Elementary school.
Copyright DAMA, Polytab mosiac flowers
Westside Elementary School Mural - 2018, DAMA
DAMA mural project, Fall 2018. Design by Amy Zaremba based on student ideas and drawings of community and positivity. Painted with DAMA artists Alicia Rheal and Emida Roller and all 450 students at Westside Elementary School! Mosaic elements designed by Amy Zaremba and created with the help of many hands - Students at Prairie Phoenix Academy, Alicia Rheal, Emida Roller, Sharon Kilfoy, Sonya Sankaran, Jerry Butler, Bill Reedy and other amazing volunteers. Many thanks to all who helped bring this project to life.
Students and staff at Westside elementary were so excited for their mural project that we worked with them to paint and install a temporary mural to hold them over. We worked with kids over 3 days to smoosh paint, cut out poly-tab shapes and collage flowers and critters for this fun design. This mural was designed by Amy Zaremba and used as a way to help raise funds for the final permanent mural project.
Mt. Horeb Mental Wellness Mural, 2018
High school art teachers Dana Showers and Anna King approached DAMA to help their students create a mural to help each other address issues of mental wellness in their school. The recent loss of a classmate left students concerned and driven to do something to help others among them who may be going through tough times.
I had the privilege of designing this mural with these amazing students. Over the course of one week in the high school art room over 1000 individuals helped to create this powerful work of art. Hidden in the dense jungle on the left are messages of hope, wellness and positivity written by the students to help lift each other up in times of darkness.
Each leaf and flower is cut from “color smooshed” poly-tab fabric. Students and community members hand painted inspirational messages to the leaves which were then collaged onto the mural using acrylic gel medium.
Final design sketch for the Mt. Horeb project. March 2018
Parks and Trails Unite Fest, 2018 (DAMA)
This DAMA community mural was designed by Amy Zaremba and painted with attendees of the Parks and Trails Unite Festival sponsored by Dane County Parks. The mural is an 8'x5’ traveling mural painted on sealed canvas that can be hung at park events and festivals. The image celebrates the diversity of Dane County parks, activities and wildlife.
As a DAMA lead artist I was challenged to coordinate a county wide Storm Drain Mural Project in collaboration with Dane County Land and Water Resources Department and the Madison Area Municipal Storm Water Partnership (MAMSWaP). Throughout the course of the partnership we helped create 20 storm drain murals - 10 designed with area school kids and 10 designed by local artists. All murals were painted with school kids or summer program youth and DAMA artists. This Middleton Storm Drain was designed by Amy Zaremba and painted with help from Middleton community center summer students.
The Ripple Effects website has a map and details on all 20 storm drain murals: http://www.ripple-effects.com/storm-drain-murals
Storm Drain Mural, Middleton 2018 - DAMA
Storm Drain Design
Storm Drain Design
Ursa and Her Minors, 2018 - Alicia Rheal Design
I was lucky enough to work production on this incredible mural designed by Alicia Rheal (rhealimagination.com). These beautiful bears grace the back of a bank in Wittenberg, Wisconsin. If you are ever passing by, it’s worth a stop. Walls of Wittenberg is an incredible project involving many murals by many artists throughout this sleepy Wisconsin small town. I stuck with painting the wood frame on this piece - my first faux wood finish! (Other painters included Laura Annis, Emida and Sapphina Roller, and Niko Alexander.)
Ursa and Her Minors, 2018 - Painting Faux Wood frame
Walldogs - Streater, IL 2018, design by Alicia Rheal and Wade Lambrigtsen
I was a part of the Williams Hardware painting team in Streater, IL with the Walldogs in 2018. Alicia Rheal and Wade Lambrigtsen co-designed this amazing mural and a team of artists form the midwest, and west coast all came together to paint over the course of one hot weekend.
The kind folks at Dexter's Pub keep me employed as their chalk artist. I have the freedom to create temporary art pieces on the large chalk boards in the dining room. This collection highlights works that do not serve as traditional advertisements. All are done in chalk on a 4'x4' porcelain board. Each piece was displayed for a few weeks to months before being washed away to make room for the next idea.
Tenney Park Rink
As the chalk artist at Dexter's Pub I have the pleasure of creating advertisements for upcoming events and brewery take-overs. I consult and recreate Brewery imagery in chalk and incorporate such images into larger original concepts. I enjoy creating pieces with a sense of whimsy and humor that work well within the constraints of chalk.
Toppling Goliath Event Chalk Detail
Toppling Goliath Event Advertisement
Great Taste 2017
Dogfish Head 20th Anniversary Party Ad
Dogfish Head Anniversary full ad
Craft Beer Week 2017
Central Waters fundraiser
Central Waters Tap Take-over
Central Waters Detail
Breast Cancer Recovery Foundation Benefit
Goose Island Tap Take-over
New Holland Event Ad
Madison Craft Beer Week Ads
Madison Craft Beer Week detail
Dogfish Head Anniversary
Sierra Nevada beer dinner
Central Waters Logo
Craft Beer Week Small Brewery Night
Breast Cancer Recovery Benefit, 2019
The "Squares" series began as a meditative project, a way to clear my head while focusing on the colors I appreciate so much in nature. Each piece represents a breaking down of overwhelming natural beauty into manageable shapes of solid color. I love the process of mixing paint and this series allowed me to focus on creating color without getting caught up in representative details.
Oil on Wood, 24x48, 2010
Oil on Wood, 24x48, 2012
Oil on Wood, 24x48, 2013
Oil on Wood, 2 panels 24x24 each, 2013 (sold)
Gallery wall of Squares with Crows
In addition to chalk advertisements, I have created pieces for commercial use. My work has been featured in Brava magazine and I have created customs artwork, signs and menus for bars, restaurants, and events.