Amy was born in Washington, DC in 1972. One of the early influences on Ms. Perlman’s art came from her paternal grandfather, Herman Perlman (1904-1995). Mr. Perlman was an early cartoonist at Disney, illustrated graphic caricatures in the Washington Post in the 1930’s, and decades later created and exhibited his fine art of Judaic-themed sandblasted glass etchings and sculptures. As a child, Amy spent much time in his DC studio, surrounded by tools and imagery. Also, at the age of 12, Amy survived a car accident that killed her ten year old brother. This critical event in her life influenced her in the following years to embrace art and nature as sources of healing and spiritual growth, and felt compelled to share it with others.
Ms. Perlman received a B.A. interdepartmental degree in Geography and Fine Art from the University of Delaware, spending a year at Humboldt State University in northern CA and studied art and music history in Spain. She later studied Environmental Education with the Audubon Expedition Institute. She returned to focusing on art at the Washington Studio School in DC, the Chautauqua School of Art in upstate NY, and the Art League in VA. She studied illustration with The Guild of Natural Science Illustration andThe Botanical School of Art and Illustration through Brookside Gardens. Her academic background in geography and art integrated with her love of travel through landscape painting. Painting on-site/ plein air allows her to explore geospatial and organic patterns found in the natural world.
Amy’s paintings and hand-pulled prints have been featured in solo and juried group exhibitions throughout the United States and eastern Canada. Ms. Perlman also received and award from The National Park Service upon in recognition of her interpretive illustrations. In addition to painting and printmaking, Amy creates murals and does decorative painting for various private and public venues throughout the Washington area. She also designs custom ketubah illustrations (illuminated Jewish wedding contracts) on commission. Amy worked as a designer of faux finishes for The Valley Craftsmen in Baltimore, and worked as a set designer and scenic artist for Adventure Theater in Glen Echo Park, MD. She currently teaches art at two schools in Alexandria, does commissions of murals and mosaics, and facilitates public art projects as an Artist-in-Residence at local schools.
Amy Perlman Gura now lives and works in Alexandria, VA along with her husband Alan Gura. Her dearest creations are her two sons, Micah Mateus, born July 2007 and Max Rafael, born September 2012.