28 responses to Amish Artists
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    Al in Ky
    Comment on Amish Artists (May 1st, 2014 at 05:43)

    Another interesting topic, Erik. I’m hoping other Amish America readers will share information about specific Amish artists. I have enjoyed buying paintings done by “The Backroad Artist” —
    D. L. Miller of Munfordville, Ky.

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    New York State of Mind
    Comment on Amish Artists (May 1st, 2014 at 07:05)

    I have an Amish painting that I got in kind of a weird way. I live in a Senior Apartment Building and one of our residents passed away. The family said to just get rid of the items in the apartment. By the time I heard about and got there, almost all of it was gone, but this painting of an Amish girl. I asked if I could have it and was told take it. I really like that painting. I moved from one apartment to another and am looking for it. I want to tell you who painted it as I would like more information on him or her. I put it some place to protect and know where it is and now I can’t remember where I put it.


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    Katie Troyer
    Comment on Amish Artists (May 1st, 2014 at 07:10)

    Amish Artists are rare, mostly because it is considered a waste of time. Although they use their art in making homemade greeting cards and little things like that, but not to display to the public. It is considered a form of pride and the church has it’s concerns of where it will take that specific person.

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        Comment on Amish artists in northern Indiana (May 1st, 2014 at 12:23)

        Amish artists in northern Indiana

        Ralph, Rose Schmucker of Middlebury, Indiana is an Amish painter who does commission work (or at least did, as of publication of a story on her in the Connection a few years ago). You can find her story, contact and samples at this link, look at the last sample page image.


        Christy Otto who Linda mentions below I believe is in Topeka, IN.


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          Marlene Lehman
          Comment on I am an Amish Artist and live in Shipshewana (February 6th, 2015 at 07:38)

          I am an Amish Artist and live in Shipshewana

          I have been painting and teaching art for 25 years most of my painting of with Amish have sold but I do have a lot of images .

          Marlene Lehman

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            Comment on Amish Artists (February 6th, 2015 at 17:28)

            Marlene what kind of subjects do you paint, mostly Amish images or others as well?

            Thanks for sharing here.

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              Marlene Lehman
              Comment on Amish Art (February 7th, 2015 at 09:44)

              Amish Art

              You may view a lot of my work on the website www.artbymarlenellc.com

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      Comment on Amish views of artwork (May 1st, 2014 at 12:17)

      Amish views of artwork

      Katie, thanks for bringing this up. I think many see a difference in making an item whose primary purpose is aesthetic appeal vs. an item which is first functional and secondly has an artistic aspect others can appreciate.

      That said maybe this is eroding somewhat especially in more progressive communities. I think the attitude and social position of the creator may also have an influence in how it is perceived.

      I also find it interesting that there are many examples of artwork appearing in stalwart Amish publications like Family Life, every issue of which features a piece of art on the cover and reader-submitted art throughout.

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    Bob the Quaker
    Comment on Amish Artists (May 1st, 2014 at 07:22)

    I always considered quilt making a form of artistry. Obviously many patterns have been passed down and copied. Also, I do have an Amish friend who makes beautiful greeting cards which she uses herself and also sells. I don’t know any artist who paint here in Lancaster, PA.

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      Comment on Amish Artists (May 1st, 2014 at 09:17)

      I have an Amish friend, who, along with her mother paint beautiful scenes on slate (if it can be found) and also on wood. The daughter is also very gifted in painting murals. As stated in the article, they paint mostly farm scenes and things that are related to their every day lives. I have had the daughter make wooden plaques for baby showers, weddings and the like. They are from Lancaster County.

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    Comment on Amish Artist (May 1st, 2014 at 07:48)

    Amish Artist

    I have a beautiful painting by the late Emma Schrock. She was a disabled Mennonite woman from Elkhart, Indiana, who did painting as a pastime and sold it for a living.

    The son of an Old Order Mennonite friend living Near Leola, Pa. was born without useable arms. David Nolt paints by mouth and got his start by doing pencil drawings for cards. When they sold, he progressed to the point where most of what he paints now, I believe, is sold before it is painted. It seems to me he said he sells to a buyer from Switzerland.

    David’s grandfather, Harvey Martin was also an artist, but he worked with wood, creating chairs, furniture, grandfather clocks, and even a stage for some very well known singer. All his furniture, when sold to other than Mennonites, had to have his signature.

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      Comment on Amish Artists (May 1st, 2014 at 09:22)

      Osiah, I have been to the Holt home and have seen first hand the art you are speaking of. He is tremendously talented and to know that he paints with the brush held in his teeth makes it all the more so. I was there for a meeting with some other ladies and his mother showed us some finished paintings and some still in progress.

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        Comment on Disabled artists (May 1st, 2014 at 12:34)

        Disabled artists

        Wow, hadn’t heard about him. That is impressive. Thanks Osiah and Colleen.

        Care-n-Share in Ohio sells products made by physically disabled Amish people. Looks more like practical items than strict artwork. I’ve never visited, for more info: http://ohioamishcountry.ettractions.com/care-share-amish-items-handcraft-challenged/attractions/7296/

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    Comment on Amish Artists (May 1st, 2014 at 08:16)

    I love the painting you’ve shown here – such an interesting perspective and wonderful colors! Would an Amish person be able to be it on the wall? Does painting as an occupation have to be okayed by a local bishop? Where would one buy an Amish painting?

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      Amish attitudes toward art and artists

      Adair displaying “artwork with nothing attached” is not too common though in more progressive groups might be more likely to see it.

      What I mean by “nothing attached” is that an artistic image accompanying the Ten Commandments or an inspirational saying or a Zip Code chart or a calendar is more the norm. We explored this a few years ago if you’re interested: http://amishamerica.com/calendars-zip-code-charts-amish-wall-decor/

      I’m not sure how formal an “okaying” it would be as much as someone might start doing something and it is either implicitly accepted or it becomes an issue which is addressed. Just generally speaking about other things that Amish might do beyond “the norm”, issues may arise if someone show pride or a poor attitude, is acting outside what is explicitly described within the Ordnung or if others in the church find issue with whatever they are doing. If someone is marginal or in exceptional circumstances (for instance a disabled person) generally more leeway is allowed both in things like this, technology allowed, etc.

      As far as buying, looks like you could do that either direct from the creator or at outlets such as the one I linked in the caption of Anna Weaver’s image above.

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    Comment on Amish Artists (May 1st, 2014 at 08:42)

    In the ERIE TIMES-NEWS link you mentioned, it says that “The Amish Art of Anna J. Weaver” display continues through June 14, with free admission, in Erie, PA.

    Christy Otto drew the pictures for the TRUCK PATCH COLORING BOOK.

    3-D artist twins Abner and Aaron Zook were born Amish in 1921 in PA, but changed to cars. Though they have passed on, there is still interest in their pictures.

    An Amish woman, Anna Lapp, painted the mural in Pinecraft Park, Sarasota, Florida.


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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Amish Artists (May 1st, 2014 at 14:58)

    I remembered seeing (in this blog, I believe) the mural in Pinecraft Park in FL. I showed it to a friend who asked many of the same questions as posted here. I was thinking about art as being practical…how Amish display calendars, for example, which have pictures of some sort (photos, drawings) that they’ve chosen for “looks”, not just the calendar.

    I’m sure there are other ways around it (maybe write a bible verse around the edges of a painting?).

    Alice Mary

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      Comment on Amish Artists (May 5th, 2014 at 11:19)

      There is video by Ernest Bontrager of the Pinecraft mural Linda mentions here: http://amishamerica.com/painting-pinecraft-tributes-in-verse-and-chemo-confusion/

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    Comment on Amish Artists (May 1st, 2014 at 17:44)

    Amish Artists

    There is a book, “Two Amish Folk Artists: The Story of Henry Lapp & Barbara Ebersol.”

    Does it count if an Amish lady paints on china teacups?

    I knew an Amish lady in the 1970s in northern Indiana who made wall-hung mottoes featuring Scripture verses, moral sayings, and family records. She used the technique of reverse painting on glass backed with tinfoil. Some had flowers painted on them, and they were hung on the walls in Amish homes.

    Sarah M. Weaver of Millersburg, Ohio is mentioned at:


    Daniel Esh of PA, an Amish artist, founded the Amish Country Farmers Market in Easton, MD.
    “One of the main attractions of this stand is the beautiful wood burned, hand carved and painted 3-D pictures crafted by the nationally known Amish artist, Dan Esh.”


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    Al in Ky
    Comment on Amish Artists (May 2nd, 2014 at 06:22)

    It’s interesting that in the weekly edition of The Budget, there is
    always a page called “Ponderings and Musings” which contains several pencil drawings done by Amish/Mennonite children. Some are very good. They usually give the child’s name, hometown and age. I’ve often wondered if these children will keep on with their artwork as they become adults. Maybe this is another sign that Amish are becoming more accepting of artwork being done by Amish people.

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    Comment on Amish Artists (May 2nd, 2014 at 09:13)

    Would anyone know of any Amish artists in Pennsylvania?

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      Comment on Amish Artists (May 2nd, 2014 at 21:17)

      I have two Amish friends in Lancaster. They paint using various mediums. The subjects are usually farm scenes and other things that are part of their daily lives. If you are interested in their work I could ask them if they are interested in exchanging contact information.

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        Comment on Amish Artists (May 3rd, 2014 at 11:39)

        Colleen my family is going to be visiting Lancaster Pennsylvania in June and I would love any information you have. If they sell their things local I would love to also know. I wasn’t sure if any of the surrounding towns might carry their art. Thank you for your comment.

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      Comment on Amish Artist in PA (May 5th, 2014 at 11:42)

      Amish Artist in PA

      Christy, we had an interview with one here in 2012 🙂 John is a friend of mine living in Lebanon County, PA. His manner of creating art is more unconventional than most of the artists listed here, but results in some very interesting pieces:


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    Bob the Quaker
    Comment on Amish Artists (May 2nd, 2014 at 11:12)

    Al’s comment reminded me that the Family Life publication always has drawings on the front cover & many drawing throughout. There is normally no name, so perhaps the Publisher has an artist? I enjoy this publication & pass them on to Amish friends. Their address is Pathway Publishers, 10380 Carter Road, Aylmer, ON, ON N5H 2 R3, Canada in case there is interest.

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    Comment on Wow (May 2nd, 2014 at 13:43)


    Don’t really know what to say about this! I’m not one for pictures (I try to avoid the temptation, at least), and I thought that, for the MOST part, the Old Order Amish weren’t either. Well, that is what pride + ignorance + isolation leads to (I’m talking about me. Haha). I would wonder if this artist lived in a more liberal community, compared to other Amish communities.

    In Christ,


    By the way, come visit my new blog: plainpathwaytohim.wordpress.com

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    Al in Ky
    Comment on Amish Artists (February 1st, 2018 at 11:59)

    In an issue of The Budget newspaper last fall (2017), in a letter with news from Topeka, Indiana, it mentioned a gathering of Amish/Mennonite artists that was held at an Amish home in rural Topeka. It was considered well-attended. When I visit that area this spring, I’m going to try to learn more about Amish artists in that area and what type of artwork they do.

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