Washingtonian Savannah (Savy) Jane Miller O’Malley grew up in Puyallup with an encouraging and artistic family. Neither parents made their living with art, but her mother owned a business selling greeting cards decorated with her own illustrations, and her father often did inkings of wildlife that he would gift away. This environment helped Savannah develop her love for art and color, especially bold and bright colors. Through high school and part of college, Savannah taught herself how to paint.
Savannah submitted several of her paintings to the Western Washington University’s art department while she was attending the college. Her portfolio was not accepted, and she took the loss to heart and put up her brushes in order to pursue a self proclaimed “practical” degree focusing on marketing and business.
After earning her Bachelors in Business in 2007, Savannah worked at a Seattle-based art publishing startup company. The four years she spent being surrounded by thousands of inspiring paintings revived her love for art, so she brushed the dust off her canvas and brushes and started painting again.
In 2012, Savannah started her company, Savy Jane Studios and began painting under the Savy Jane pseudonym. She found success quickly. Savannah and her musician husband, Kyle, leased a studio space in the Old Rainier Brewery in Seattle to host events where other artists and musicians could come and share their work.
During her time in the Seattle studio, Savannah was part of several exhibitions including the 2012 Annual Juried Art Exhibition at The Gallery at TCC, the 2012 Pierce County Aids Foundation Gala and The Winter Round exhibit at the Triple Door in Seattle in 2013, as well as many more. It was in this studio that Savannah painted her first large-scale mural for the city of Fife. The mural, called “Opulence,” was unveiled in October 2013.
Savannah left the Seattle studio and took a brief hiatus from the art world when she became pregnant. After her daughter was born in October 2014, Savannah tapped back into her creative process and painted another large mural, this time for the city of Bonney Lake. The mural was officially dedicated in August 2015.
Savannah currently works out of her home in Puyallup using her daughter, yoga meditation, music and everyday encounters of energy and color as her inspirations for her art. Her work has always been characterized by bold, bright colors since as a child, Savannah was drawn to the colors of the rainbow and her mother’s Prisma colored pencils. Many of her pieces utilize strategic drips of paint, which she discovered a liking for when she accidentally used paint that was too watery.
Savannah’s future goals include developing her corporate clientele, expanding her mural portfolio, growing her line of published/licensed images and increasing gallery visibility internationally.