UK personal Style
lives in Kent, UK with her husband, daughter and three dogs. Today we want to talk about her art and own style, developed in recent years. With a great use of color, Amanda goes from flowers to street scenes. We asked Amanda to talk us about how she started painting watercolours and this is her story
“Apparently I have always been artistic and creative and I certainly do have many memories of producing various artistic works! When I left school I attended art college and qualified as a graphic designer, however, I ended up working as a secretary! Over the years my deep interest in art never left me and in 2005 I started to paint, in watercolour, in my spare time, learning all I could from books and DVDs. It was also around this time that I was diagnosed as having Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), this affects me with severe fatigue on and off and can disrupt my painting time and work as, among other things, it affects my concentration.
I love watercolour – the colours, the vibrancy and the unpredictability of the medium, I have always loved to paint florals and have several collectors of my small 12x12cm paintings that I will always paint. My other subject matter is people/places and my latest work is a series based on reflections – particularly windows showing the new reflecting the old. I hope that I have developed a style that incorporates the unique qualities that only watercolour can offer. I find it both a challenge and a joy to produce a painting which, in turn, inspires me to continue towards my goal of becoming a full time artist one day. In 2010 I was juried into the inaugural Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Watercolour Biennial Exhibition 2010 and in April 2010 selected to take part in The Society of Women Artists’ Annual London Exhibition. This year I was selected to be part of The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours 2011 Exhibition. A big influence on me and my favourite artist is Nicholas Simmons, his work and encouragement never ceases to amaze me!”
We can find more on Amanda’s work in http://aswatercolours.blogspot.com/