Description Amish children walking down a country road. An Amish buggy is on the road in front of them.The Amish are best known for their simple living, plain dress and resistance to the adoption of many modern conveniences. The history of the Amish church began with a schism in Switzerland within a group of Swiss and Alsatian Anabaptists in 1693. The leader of the schismatic faction was an Mennonite leader named Jakob Ammann. Those who followed Ammann became known as Amish. In the early 18th century, many Amish emigrated to Pennsylvania for a variety of reasons. Today, the most traditional descendants of these Amish continue to speak Pennsylvania German (more often referred to as Pennsylvania Dutch).
Joyce Wasser, Pittsburgh Member Since March 2009 Artist Statement I recently completed an Associates Degree in Graphic Design. I have always been interested in all kinds of art and am now realizing my dreams of becoming an artist and photographer.
My other interests include cycling, science fiction, pet care and religious activities, all of which inspire my art.