Amanda has been painting for around 20 years and has enjoyed many different mediums. From Watercolour to scratchboard, oil paint to pastel she has tried them all, settling finally on oil paint as her chosen medium. After some early certificate level training after high school, Amanda spent a year in West Africa teaching missionaries kids art and was inspired to further her studies. She gained a BA Arts (painting) and graduated in March 2005.
Being a Mum of small children she has learnt how to continue with her creative journey through sketching, polymer clay and acrylics before being in a position to feel settled on oil painting.
Her influences include the Australian Impressionists, especially Arthur Streeton but she is particularly inspired by portrait artists including Evert Ploeg and Nora Heyson.
Her art journey continues as she explores portrait themes and the use of symbols found in nature alongside maps and the figure. She is particularly taken with seedpods and their symbol of life and renewal.
1996 – Completed an Advanced Certificate of Art and Design at Fremantle TAFE, Western Australia
1997-1998 – Attended Private watercolour lessons with Carl Haanappel in Roleystone Western Australia
2002-2005 – BA Art (painting), Edith Cowan University, Western Australia. Graduation March 2005
Student exhibition at Carl Haanappel’s gallery space in Roleystone WA
Edith Cowan University Graduate Exhibition
Entered the Metrochurch Community Art Awards, Perth WA
Entered the Bankstown Art Society Annual Art Prize
Entered the Hornsby Art Prize
Entered the Sydney Easter Show (two paintings hung)
Entered the Shoalhaven Open Art Exhibition
Entered the Oatley 101 Members Sale
Entered the Oatley 101 Members Art Exhibition
Entered the Kiama Art Exhibition
Entered the St George Art Prize
Entered the Cruelty Free Festival Art Show
Entered the Oatley 101 Waterbrook Exhibition
Entered the Sydney Easter Show (5 paintings hung in the poultry art section, 2nd prize won for ‘Mr Gander’)
The Australian Impressionists, The French Impressionists. Evert Ploeg, Arthur Streeton