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“Art is incredible. But art that solves problems—now that’s design.”

“I’ve always been wired this way—to create. I come from an engineering family where to make something great, we continually asked, ‘How can we make it better?’ From parameters like budgets and timeframes to tools and materials—we considered all the elements to uncover the right solution. Yet, as pragmatic as I was—I also had an artistic side—a pull towards beauty and craftsmanship.”

“I love listening, learning, and finding a real-world place for my clients where aesthetics meet function in their homes or businesses. To my clients, I combine soul and passion with smart and sensible. For my clients, I will always question ‘How can we make it better?’ until it works. Let’s solve problems beautifully.”


Amy’s training and experience in the arts is both broad and deep. Her journey has taken her from her native Minnesota, to Messiah College (where she majored in Art), to Philipps University in Marburg, Germany, where she gained an international perspective on art & design and its possibilities. Amy has worked with printmaker Lou Stovall, and famed painter, Sam Gilliam.

She has solved problems and crafted results for companies like Paper Source and Anthropologie—and today, she brings this expertise to clients at Aesthetic Answers—which she co-founded in 2010. An active member of the community, Amy has taught at the National Building Museum summer camp and the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW). Amy lives in Washington, D.C with her husband and business partner, Scott Herbert.