Growing up on her family’s sheep and cattle ranch in Utah, Amy developed a deep love of horses and nature. Her experience working on ranches, guiding for outfitters,riding colts for trainers and competing has greatly influenced her artistic approach, resulting in work that reflects her lifelong connection to the western lifestyle.
Amy’s interest in silverwork and bits and spurs was sparked during her teenage years when she attended the Elko poetry gathering. Although she initially couldn’t pursue her passion, she began honing her craft by learning leatherwork at a saddle shop in Vernal, Utah. Despite this detour, her dedication to silversmithing and engraving remained unwavering.
In 2013, Amy seized the opportunity to learn engraving from renowned artist Ernie Marsh at his shop in Etna, Wyoming. She further honed her skills by attending an intermediate engraving class at GRS in Emporia, Kansas. In recognition of her talent and potential, Amy was awarded the Art of the Cowgirl bit making fellowship with John Mincer in 2020. During this immersive experience, she learned various aspects of bit design and fabrication. The following year, Amy was honored with the Wyoming Arts Council Folk and Traditional Arts Fellowship, allowing her to work with Ernie Marsh again, this time focusing on spur design and fabrication.
Amy’s work is both functional and traditional, as she creates traditional styles with unique patterns and designs, as well as adding a contemporary touch.
Driven by her gratitude for the knowledge and opportunities she has received from generous mentors, Amy has recently started teaching basic engraving. Her goal is to pass on what she has learned and inspire others to pursue their artistic dreams. Amy currently operates her business, Erickson Bit and Spur, on a full-time basis from her shop in southwestern Wyoming.