Intensely curious about the world around her and an observer of all– external and internal– no matter how expansive or mundane, grotesque or delicate, or naive or sophisticated, Amanda is not afraid to tackle difficult subjects with bold authenticity, and she has the dedication to stay the course. A natural storyteller, Amanda’s work has been described as “refreshingly brave and unique” by the San Francisco based artist, Nicholas Wilton. Amanda strives to create dynamic tension in her work through the use of color, composition, and layering and her work is a reflection of her journey to be wholehearted and remain forever in childlike wonder.
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Pablo Picasso. Amanda seems to have figured this out.
After serving in the U.S. Navy as a JAGC officer and running her own accounting firm abroad, Amanda retired to devote herself to painting full time and she hasn’t looked back. “To create one’s own world takes courage,” Georgia O’Keeffe, and Amanda’s trajectory definitely captures that spirit.
Described by a contemporary in the emerging art world, Amanda is “bright, kind, empathetic, wildly creative, and hard working” and these qualities are inextricably intertwined throughout her life and her artwork is no exception.
Amanda has lived on all 3 coasts of the U.S., Europe, and SE Asia and has been a world traveler since the age of 16. She currently resides in Del Mar, CA with her husband, 3 children, and a handful of warm and cold-blooded pets. Amanda would be honored to hear from you with questions about her work.
To create body of work that is informed by play and
dynamic tension that simultaneously
informs and takes viewers on a journey of exploration.
Tulane School of Law Environmental Emphasis, 1998
Dickinson College Bachelor of Arts, German, 1991
Creative Visionary Mentorship Nicholas Wilton, Sausalito, CA,
Losina Art Center Advanced Artist Annual Membership 2015-2016
Print Making Workshop Master Printer Andrea Fono, San Francisco, 2016
2016-2017 LA Art Association- JURIED
2016-2017 Oceanside Museum of Art Artist Alliance
2017 Conversations with Color, 3 Artists 3 Visions. May – July 2017
Bonita Museum & Cultural Center, Bonita, CA.
2017 Solo Exhibition, Innovate, Innovation Center, March 2017- ONGOING
San Diego, CA
2016 The Very Best of OMA Artist Alliance 2016, at L Street Fine Art Gallery,
San Diego, CA (Group)
2016 Edgar Allan Poe, Ashton Gallery at Art on 30th, San Diego, CA in conjunction
with the Poe Museum, Richmond, VA
2016 Beyond the Blue, Ashton Gallery at Art on 30th, San Diego, CA
2016 Local Inspiration, Ashton Gallery at Art on 30th, San Diego, CA
2016 Orbital- Agility, Flexibility and Dexterity; Symbiotic Opposites and
Duality–Kupamabana Art Foundation, London, UK, 6 pieces.
2016 Go Figure, Ashton Gallery at Art on 30th, San Diego, CA
2016 Shades of Red, Vista Chamber of Commerce, CA. 2 pieces.
AWARDS AND PRIZES
First Prize at Local Inspiration, San Diego, CA
First Prize at Shades of Red, Vista, CA
Judged by Daniel Foster, former Executive Director,
Oceanside Museum of Art
PUBLICATIONS AND PRESS
“If You Can Doodle You Can Paint. Transforming Simple Drawings into Works
Of Art” by Diane Culhane. Selected for publication in the Artist Gallery. May 2017
Artist interview KUSI TV March 2017, “Veterans Find Strength and Renewal in