Principal of Aurora Decorative Finishes LLC, Amy Ouradnik is widely recognized as one of the Twin Cities area’s most accomplished decorative finishers . Equally skilled as a plasterer and gilder, Amy works in collaboration with interior designers, architects and homeowners, bringing spaces to life through visual artistry and material alchemy.
Amy’s three ironclad rules for any project are imperative to her artistic process: Listen carefully to the client; maintain open communication throughout the project; and always pay great attention to the details. For inspiration, Amy draws upon her extensive travels in Europe and Asia, real-life experiences as an artist and technician, as well as many master architects, designers and artisans, both in the classic and contemporary environment.
“To affect the quality of the day is the
highest of all the arts.”
Walden, Henry David Thoreau
EDUCATION & TRAINING
Amy graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a BFA in Fine Art/Printmaking. After two years spent traveling in Europe and Asia, she then worked for 10 years installing artwork in local museums and galleries, including the Minneapolis Institute of Art, The Fredrick Weisman Museum and the Minnesota Museum of Modern Art.
Amy furthered her training in the decorative arts by studying with world renown instructors such as Pierre La Fumat, Pascal Amblard, and many others at the North American School of Decorative Art, Chicago and Lynne Rutter in San Francisco.
In 1993, she founded Aurora Decorative Finishes LLC and has continued to work with a talented group of fellow artisans and designers in the Twin Cites area and around the country, including major projects in Boston, Duluth and Naples, Florida.
STAYING ABREAST OF THE LATEST TRENDS & TECHNIQUES
Committed to constantly improving her skill set, Amy took a course in Decorative Arts and Stucco preparation at the Atelier de Philippe Chastel in Amboise, France, attends Salon Forever and the Society of Gilders workshops. And, in an effort to offer even more comprehensive services to her clients, she has completed an AAS Degree in Interior Design from Century College, White Bear Lake, MN.
American Society of Interior Design (ASID), Allied Member
Society of Gilders, Alternate Trustee
International Decorative Artisans League
American Craft Council