Amy Lynn Grover is a true artist that enjoys photography and design. In her interview she shares with us the work she has created with the skills she attained through UCLA Extension DCA certificate program. To learn more about Amy and her work visit her website amylynngrover.com
What brought you to the DCA program?
Deep interest and commitment to art & design, plus a great imagination… I was a professional model for sixteen years and was looking for a change in life.. After many frustrating encounters with web designers, I taught myself to write code and learned how to do many things on my own. Something clicked… “This is what I am supposed to be doing!” I wanted to explore my passion for art design and photography; I knew it could be so much more.
What were your favorite courses and why?
I thoroughly enjoyed taking all of the courses; I learned a great deal from all my teachers and from class assignments. I found the projects the most useful in my learning experience.
As a designer, what does a potential project need to have for you to feel passionate about it?
Anything inspirational. I am especially drawn to work in the organic food, health, fitness, wellness, lifestyle and fashion arenas.
How have the UCLA Extension classes helped improve your work, and or expanded your professional development in the field?
The entire process. Design process, My process. Perspective…. Building blocks in working projects, taking things step by step.
UCLA Extension class assignments and projects were all imperative for my learning process; understanding concepts, experimenting and having the space to practice and make mistakes.
The most beneficial was the critiquing of assignments— this gave me perspective, looking at my own work as well as classmates. I learned a great deal from watching and evaluating others, as well as getting really great useful feedback on my work (things I needed to improve on and things I nailed).
As I continue to work as a stand alone freelance artist, (and greatly miss having 20 people around me nightly to critique), I value the importance of opinions; I continue to ask friends and family for their opinions; to get the perspectives of others. I also have found that my perspective changes once I step away and work at it later time. Assignments were like a sequence of many small fun jobs, the timeline, being pushed from all sorts of angles is all part of the job.
If the phone rang right now and somebody offered you your dream design job, who are they, where do they work, and what’s the job?
I am a freelance artist; I like space and freedom to work on a variety of projects that either interest or inspire me… I really enjoy figuring things out… problem solving. I love complexity.
What are you working on right now?
Aside from a new food company I am a part of creating and clients– I have been working on some personal projects which entail a lot of photography. I spend a lot of time playing and working in my garden— hands in the dirt growing flowers, vegetables and raising 50 chickens (the garden is my favorite place for inspiration).
Where do you see yourself professionally in 5 years?
Professionally… Art Directing, Designing and Photography. Personally… Holding space for a lot more art (photography, graphically and the combination of the two).