About the Artist....
"Why paint? Because a photograph does not tell the whole story. What I seek to express is emotion, mood, and spirit that a camera cannot capture.
I create paintings of wildlife, and strive to highlight the beauty found in the daily rituals and moments that might otherwise seem mundane. I am particularly in love with large wading birds. I would say it is because I have a background in biology, but it is likely the other way around. My passion for the natural world, as well as my desire to understand it are what drove me to my studies. I started my career as a high school science teacher and completed my second masters degree in marine biology at the College of Charleston. A chance experiment with paint led me to art, and I have found it to be a much more effective way to convey my emotional connection to the natural world. My recent focus is creating larger-than-life birds on canvas, in motion, flying and preening.
The recent series I created for the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival is called “Seeking Balance”. I have traveled the world and collected photographs and experiences that are constant inspiration. I paint acrylic on canvas and employ various media to “loosen” the paint and allow it to flow like water, or to create textures and structure to represent the feathers. My brushstrokes are gestural and convey motion. Backgrounds are simple and allow the bird to be the focus, and although the birds are accurate they are also impressionistic. I also use metal leaf as a way to elevate the perceived status of the bird, reminiscent of historic iconography. “Song Without Words” is a triptych I created as part of this series, that illustrates my creative process. Pieces start as sketches and layers are sequentially added to create shadows and details. About halfway through the painting all references are put aside, allowing for impressionistic interpretation and personality to shine through. My goal is that these paintings convey not just how I, as an artist, see the world, but how I FEEL the world.
I hope that these paintings encourage you to pause, to consider, and to preserve the natural world around you. "Amanda's unique style includes reverse painting on glass, incorporation of antique maps and nautical charts, and organic drips of paint that emulate water. Her focus on local fish has awarded her commissions for national tournaments, and in 2012 she received the prestigious Lowcountry Artist of the Year award.Amanda has continued to contribute to scientific endeavors by participating in a 53-day research cruise to Antarctica, and this year she is supporting conservation efforts as an Ambassador to the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program. Amanda's recent paintings are large scale birds preening. You can also find her work at the Charleston Farmers Market in Marion Square and the Mount Pleasant Mall (where she also currently has her studio and live painting sessions!).Amanda exhibits annually at the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in the Gaillard Auditorium and the Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibit in Marion Square.