In her art-making process, Amanda has found that realistic representation has, thus far, best suited her in her exploration of human interaction, and her imagery references both classical and contemporary symbolism and iconography. She also looks to comment on the contradiction between creating realistic imagery and portraying emotional rawness, as well as the uncompromised truth in the imagery versus the symbolic ambiguity. At the same time, it is Amanda’s intension to reconcile these inherently personal thoughts and reactions, either directly or indirectly, with the universality of the human condition.
Amanda first began painting in her late 20s after taking a drawing course at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, Illinois. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in visual arts from the University of Illinois at Springfield in 2008, and has exhibited her work both locally and nationally. She has exhibited her work at the St. Louis Artist’s Guild and the Louisville, KY, Visual Arts Association. Most recently, she had solo shows at the Contemporary Art Center of Peoria and Lincoln Land Community College, and the Buchanan Center for the Arts; and she was chosen as a 2011-2012 Coalition Gallery Artist through the Chicago Artist Coalition.
Amanda works strictly in oil, preferring the long open time and workability of the medium. While most of her earlier work is carried out on canvas, she is now moving toward creating paintings strictly on wood panel. Much of her work is deeply rooted in symbolism, having been very much influenced by Italian Renaissance and Dutch Baroque artwork.