Amy's work

" I grew up in the sunshine, surf, sand and rainforests of tropical Queensland, Australia with a mop of curly hair, fists full of crayons and things to draw on (strong preference for the underside of the dining room table - sorry Mum). "
" My pieces aim to capture the feeling of the adventure, moment, and place. "

What is the most intense outdoor adventure you've experienced?

Summiting Mitre Peak, New Zealand in one day was a bit of mish. 110% worth it (maths was never a strong point). We decided last minute on a drive from Queenstown to Milford Sound that it was the activity for us with a perfect weather window forecast for the next …

Summiting Mitre Peak, New Zealand in one day was a bit of mish. 110% worth it (maths was never a strong point). We decided last minute on a drive from Queenstown to Milford Sound that it was the activity for us with a perfect weather window forecast for the next day. Many people make this a two-day journey but with only one fine day, we decided we would pack light and travel fast. We had all the kit to make it happen including white water kayaks to journey across the Sound to the steep, snaking ridge. Alpine start, sunrise paddle & a very rough, barely marked steep bush track lead to a super enjoyable but very exposed scramble. Did I mention very exposed? Vast, near vertical drop offs on either side of the ridge meant a stumble would lead to a very long tumble. Snow tussock in some spots was your best anchor and one section was called Razor Knife Ridge (I tightened my boots for this one). Waterfalls & alpine peaks kissed clouds as far as you could see. We stayed on the summit long enough to high five, break out a snack & a selfie before the careful journey down. Arrived back at our kayaks on dark to find the water was no longer the calm flat we’d enjoyed early morning. Swell & wind had kicked up & my arms were barely functioning, you could have mistaken them for wet tea towels. I’d used a lot of energy to make it out of the thick bush before dark. Paddling in the pitch black with our little river runners in the crashing salty sea water I was very humbled. In the torchlight, your imagination has room to envisage things going wrong and was struggling to control my boat – between you and me, my eyes may have generated a wee bit of their own salty water. Super stoked, knackered & proud to crawl into comfy tent 17 hours after crawling out of it. We called it a tea, cards & cafe-crawl rest day after this.

How does nature and/or outdoor adventuring inspire your art?

It’s all about the feels for me. Nothing beats the magic of being in an isolated part of the globe, canyons lined with moss & ferns with glimmering water drops, riding down a wave train, glow worms doing their thing above a cave stream, endless ridge lines, crawling into a …

It’s all about the feels for me. Nothing beats the magic of being in an isolated part of the globe, canyons lined with moss & ferns with glimmering water drops, riding down a wave train, glow worms doing their thing above a cave stream, endless ridge lines, crawling into a sleeping bag, glistening snow as the sun sets, banter with a bunch of mates, hot cup of tea and a game of cards, abseiling off a multi-pitch climb as the sun sets, watching glaciers rumble. The challenge of using your body to get you to these places and moments also plays a big part. I try to capture these two elements in my pieces. The stunning outdoors and the dynamic way we interact with these surrounds.

Are there any nature enthusiasts/outdoor adventurists that particularly inspire you?

I’m fortunate to say my Mum & my Dad have instilled a big love for the outdoors in me. My two older sisters and I were often taken on ventures out as wee nippers. My Dad’s an excellent nature photographer in Australia and my Mum studied Environmental Science. We were …

I’m fortunate to say my Mum & my Dad have instilled a big love for the outdoors in me. My two older sisters and I were often taken on ventures out as wee nippers. My Dad’s an excellent nature photographer in Australia and my Mum studied Environmental Science. We were the type of house hold that if the tv ever was on, it was most likely David Attenborough’s voice you could hear in the living room. Highly recommend his audio autobiography if you’re a fan.

What music accompanies you outdoors?

Warm up the vocal chords & any lyrics you can remember (or make up) are fair game. Nothing like an impromptu rap about the current mission.

Warm up the vocal chords & any lyrics you can remember (or make up) are fair game. Nothing like an impromptu rap about the current mission.

Favorite meal to eat in the backcountry?

PB&J fan. Best meal to date would’ve been an elaborate nachos make-do with wine accompaniment.

PB&J fan. Best meal to date would’ve been an elaborate nachos make-do with wine accompaniment.

What is your most prized piece of gear?

Shared many a high & low with Leftie & Rightie, my Black Diamond trekking/touring poles. Breaking my leg a few years back, they were the supports for the walk/hobble off the mountain and have been on some special trips since.

Shared many a high & low with Leftie & Rightie, my Black Diamond trekking/touring poles. Breaking my leg a few years back, they were the supports for the walk/hobble off the mountain and have been on some special trips since.

What is your favorite place to get outside? (or a favorite National Park?)

New Zealand is pretty spectacular all round. I learnt majority of my hard skills in Tongariro National Park so that’s a pretty cool place for me.

New Zealand is pretty spectacular all round. I learnt majority of my hard skills in Tongariro National Park so that’s a pretty cool place for me.

If you had to choose: While out and about in nature, would you rather have?

 
Wine or chocolate?
Wine or chocolate? Had to choose!? Pass the wine
Best friend or favorite shoes?
Best friend.
Chapstick or blister tape?
blister tape

 

Wine or chocolate?

Wine or chocolate? Had to choose!? Pass the wine

Best friend or favorite shoes?

Best friend.

Chapstick or blister tape?

blister tape