Amanda studied Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University where she obtained a BA degree (First Class Honours). Subsequently, she lectured in colleges. Now working as a full-time professional artist Amanda concentrates on the discipline of painting from her studio in the hills of Derbyshire inspired by the rugged landscape around her.
With a unique contemporary style, Amanda gathers visual material en plein airin response to the dramatic elements. Beginning with rapid drawings in her sketchbook or using a camera, these preliminary pieces are translated into finished works. The paintings are created expressively in acrylics, often with a palette knife, applying layer on layer until reaching a natural conclusion. Amanda exhibits widely and her paintings have found homes with private collectors in the United Kingdom, America, Asia and Europe.
‘Painting is a response to the beautiful landscape around me; the experience of being in the place is as much an important part of the process as drawing. My close relationship with nature and my love of the outdoors are expressed in the marks I make on the canvas, brought to the inside space. I attempt to capture the spirit of the land and that quiet sense of tranquillity that coexists with a closeness to the natural world. I am moved by dramatic light sweeping over the rugged elements chased by clouds and the timeless changing moods in wild places affected by weather conditions. When I paint trees and forest scenes I attempt to capture the ethereal quality of light filtering through the leaves. I hope to impart the sense of peace and meditative calm I feel in these quiet places. I have a passion for expressing nature in bright vivid colours and nothing gives me more pleasure than when people say they love my painting.’