February 6, 2019

Theresa Java/Free Press 
Amy's Creations is the newest member of the artist's village at the Rain Barrel. Her storefront adjoins the cafe on the northern side.

Theresa Java/Free Press  Amy's Creations is the newest member of the artist's village at the Rain Barrel. Her storefront adjoins the cafe on the northern side.

ISLAMORADA — With personalized vision, Amy JoAn paints and crafts pieces with careful detail. In her newly opened shop, she sands, preps and paints wood ready to customize for her customers.

Her source materials range in readily available and renewable materials. Signs are made from pallets, beachy scenes detailed on wooden futon frames and custom paintings on tables purchased second-hand.

Amy’s Creations covers a wide variety, from “fine art, furniture restoration to fun arts,” JoAn said. “If there’s a surface, I’ll paint it. If there’s no surface, I’ll make one.”

JoAn has recently been commissioned by local shop owners to paint their storefronts, turning whitewashed walls into canvasses. With depth and clarity, the murals depict the services provided within.

By building a rapport with her clientele, JoAn says she finds a way to add a more personal message. For the Animal Care Clinic’s recently painted mural, JoAn references Dr. Geoff Bailey’s clinical success by painting a rear-supported corgi.

“Amy did the front of our office about a month ago and we’re very happy with her work. We couldn’t be more pleased,” Bailey said.

On a commissioned memorial conch shell for the family of a Marathon woman who recently died from gun violence, JoAn engraved a mermaid and constructed a stand from driftwood.

“She was young and beautiful and taken too soon, so I want to do a good job. I’m using marine-grade paint so it holds up to the elements down here,” she said. “I’ve been researching what colors are more vibrant and hold up to the salt air.”

Although JoAn has been painting since she could hold a paintbrush, this is her first time as a business owner.

The leap so far has been rewarding, JoAn said. She has been filling a pink notebook with a list of scheduled murals, commissioned artwork and gifts, folding the pages as she goes.

She enjoys what she does and finds her work therapeutic as she immerses herself in a project, she said.

“I like to get to it and get it done. I’m looking forward to the restoration projects I have coming up,” JoAn said.

She’ll be restoring a dresser and nightstand for a client soon. In before-and-after photos of a lackluster mahi-mahi wall mount, she points out the restored fins that were once chipped.

Amy’s Creations storefront is next to the café at the Rain Barrel Artisan Village located at 86700 Overseas Highway on Plantation Key. Store hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For more information call 321-557-2581 or find Amy’s Creation on Facebook.

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