Nationally-known artist Amy Moglia Heuerman maintains a gallery and studio in the Naples Design District in Naples’ downtown area, and another gallery and studio in Bay Harbor, Mich., during the summer months. She expresses her broad vision in a range of styles that demonstrate her versatility, while all of her work is unmistakably hers. Her wingspan is expansive. She paints inspiring seascapes, dynamic abstracts, her popular “girl” series, and impressionistic florals with oversized blossoms. Her layered paintings invite a close look at embedded visual stories.
Each canvas is an exploration of a new adventure, an unwinding narrative as the artist moves to the finished expression. The viewer who looks closely will glimpse base colors peeking through and shadowy outlines of removed shapes – portals not entered and paths not taken. Amy Moglia Heuerman says that she paints until she reaches a positive moment of the story. The viewer senses the story under the layers of paint. “The heart,” she says, “sees more than the mind.”
Amy initially gained renown as an illustrator of children’s books, games, toys, and merchandise through her company, Bear Hug Designs. She retired the company after 20 successful years to pursue her passion for painting. Her career as an illustrator honed her mastery of composition and color, now richly conveyed in her vivid and layered paintings.
As a featured artist on the Artis Naples artists’ tour, Amy welcomed close to 1,000 art lovers in her studio and exhibit space. The Artis Naples artist studio tour is an annual event that celebrates Naples’ leading visual artists and raises funds for Naples premier arts center.
The Naples Winter Wine Festival, the country’s most successful culinary fundraiser for more than 20 years, invited Amy to be featured in its auction for two consecutive years. The auction contributes to the $240 million raised for children’s charities since 2021.
Two paintings, Decibel Sound and Decibel Wave, have been exhibited in the Great Lakes Center for Performing Arts, in Bay Harbor, Mich. The Great Lakes Center for the Arts is a cultural and social hub in Northern Michigan offering year-round events across all genres—music, dance, theater, movies and film, intellectual dialogue, education—making it a regional and national performing arts destination.
Amy’s “Holy” and “Spirit” paintings are exhibited in the Creighton University Medical Center Bergan-Mercy specifically for the Cardiac Care ICU waiting room, in Omaha, Neb. She painted “Holy” and “Spirit” with the specific intention of comforting and inspiring patients and their families.
Amy was recognized as one of 10 “Women of Initiative” from the Collier County Women’s Foundation honoring local women leaders who are an inspiration to all women seeking to make a difference through philanthropy and civic engagement.
The Women’s Foundation asked Amy to describe a major inspiration in her life, and she selected the Wizard of Oz for its message of working together to overcome life’s challenges. Her video about the story was shown to 600 influential leaders at an event in Collier County.
As a member of the Sustaining Leadership Council of the Naples Botanical Garden, Amy’s portrait won “most creative photo” in the Garden’s Instagram contest. The contest was one of the virtual festivities for the Garden’s famous Hats in the Garden annual event.
Amy was moved to volunteer at Guadalupe Center in the town of Immokalee (near Naples), which serves economically disadvantaged children through education. She painted a fanciful 30-foot mural in the Center’s reading room, now named in her honor.