About Amy

Amy is an Alaskan born and raised artist. Amy has been creating paintings most of her life. In 2013 she was awarded the Fairbanks Arts Association and Interior Alaska Mayors Youth Arts Award for the work she has done with students in her local community, as well as the village of Tanana where she and the students painted a mural. Several professional offices have her work on display, and many individuals in Fairbanks collect her work, as does the First National Bank in Healy, Alaska. The Baranov Museum in Kodiak, Alaska was awarded funding to purchase artwork and they chose one of her first egg tempera paintings of an image of an Orthodox Icon, Saint Herman. Amy has had countless art shows in both the Denali area as well as Fairbanks. Her works have been added to collections ranging from Alaska to the state of Maine, as well as Germany. One of her most pleasing accomplishments was having one painting included in 40 chosen from 479 in the All Alaska Juried Art Exhibition 34. She has enjoyed painting stage scenery for local productions as well as donating her art to various causes and fundraisers.

Amy’s family moved to the village of Tanana on the Yukon River when she was just 3 months old. There she was given the Athabaskan name “Sitsoo,” which translates to Grandmother. Her middle name is Sue so it was fitting, according to the elders that gave her the moniker. She aptly named her art studio Sitsoo’s Studio. After her first 15 years of life submerged in the Athabaskan culture her parents retired and moved the family to Salcha. She attended Ben Eielson High and mushed dogs after school. Her art teacher encouraged her to paint and instructed her in a variety of mediums and techniques. Painting was always the budding artists favorite activity. After she graduated from High School she attended the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and attained her BA in Oil Painting.

Kesler Woodward had a great impact on her desire to become a better painter, as did Alvin Amason, David Rosenthal, Ree Nan Carrow and the late James Grant. All are Alaskan artists she looked up to and in a sense was mentored by both formally and informally. Her work is inspired not only by these artists she worked with personally but also Sidney Laurence, Claire Fejes, Vincent Van Gogh, Orthodox Icons and the elements surrounding her in Alaska. 

Amy currently resides with her husband of 28 years and their teenage son in Healy on the boundary of Denali National Park where she continues to paint with acrylics, oils and egg tempera.


Contact Amy at amysitsoo@yahoo.com