The Twisted Pine—Amy Strange

A glimpse at a local handcrafter who plies her wares on Etsy

Amy Strange has lived in Knoxville less than a year, and the home-schooling mom hopes ("Lord willing") it will be her family's longtime residence after 10 moves in 13 years. However long she's here, she'll sell quirky photo-note cards and matted photos, some of them amplified with pertinent Bible verses. Two favorites: A sheep dog lolling in a leaf pile with the verse "A friend loveth at all times (Proverbs 17:17a)"; a little hand reaching into a robust bowl of peaches above the words "A time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted (Ecclesiastes 3:2)." Through Thanksgiving of this year, Strange will donate her profits from sales of matted photos to fund Bible translations in the Paraguayan Sign Language. "I promised myself that if I was going to pursue my love in photography, I was going to use it to God's glory and to help others," she says. She snaps photos constantly. "I am a very visual person. I see and think in pictures. I love to see if I can capture what my eye sees with my camera. Sometimes it's exciting and I get to share and sometimes I just have to hit the delete button."