Amy Oestreicher is a twenty-five year old artist and actress residing in Westport, CT. The fulfillment of her dream to act was shockingly interrupted when, at the age of eighteen, she suffered a blood clot that left her in a coma for months and unable to eat or drink for three years. Over twenty surgeries later, Amy is still courageously fighting medical setbacks, and uses her painting and mixed media creations to transcend six years of emotional and physical trauma. Her art demonstrates her journey into daylight and into a life of normalcy, which she is still traveling. Amy’s work explores complicated themes of betrayal, leaping into the void, uncertainty, fate, flight, and rising up from ashes.
In addition to her commitment to art, Amy’s passion for life has driven her to starting her own chocolate business, learn to cook and bake, star in musicals, train in karate, teach nursery school, and write a play as well as an autobiography. For six years she has refused to allow her medical circumstances to limit her, and her art portrays her struggle to overcome her physical limitations. Amy is currently pursuing a career as a cabaret actress and is performing her self directed show “Gutless & Grateful: A Musical Feast”, showing in October 2012, at The Triad Theater in New York City. Amy’s mission is to tell her story while sharing an inspiring message of hope, determination, perseverance, and strength in the face of unforeseen adversity.