A native Californian, he grew up in the San Joaquin Valley and the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. For most of his life he lived, painted and taught in Salinas, California and in the surrounding areas of Monterey County. He was known for his Regionalist style of watercolor painting.
Mr. Amyx’s career in art began at San Jose State College where he completed his BA degree in 1931. He became the first art instructor at Hartnell College in Salinas in 1936. He earned his MA in painting with Millard Sheets at Claremont College. He taught full time there until his retirement in 1972, and continued to teach part time at Hartnell until 1976. His courses included oil painting, watercolor, drawing, design, art history, and ceramics.