Mostly self taught Amanda began painting in 1988 when she lived on her fathers boat on Queenslands Gold Coast and an Artist living on a nearby boat encouraged her to develop her artistic talent. After a successful solo Exhibition in Brisbane in 1996, Amanda completing many commissions throughout Australia and overseas, including 10 paintings for the one company in Japan. Amanda designed and illustrated the Sony Play station game “California Surfing” which was distributed throughout Europe, and has written and illustrated children’s picture books while raising three children.
In 2002 Amanda was the overall winner of the Biannual Nifsan Gold Coast Signature Art prize for “Water Babies” with her work included in the Gold Coast City Council Art Collection. In association with the Gold Coast Tourism Bureau, the GCCC reproduced the artwork into postcards and 20 specially framed pieces, which represent the “Nifsan Signature Collection”.
The following year Amanda was one of the few Australian Artists nominated to participate in the Biennale Internationale Del’Art Contemporanea organized by the World Bank and UNESCO in collaboration with the Italian Ministry for foreign Affairs in Florence, Italy 2003. Artists were selected in the Biennale by an international committee of critics on the basis of Creativity and professionalism, and is the world’s most comprehensive exhibition of contemporary art, representing 891 Artists from 72 countries. To help with the registration and travel costs Amanda received funding assistance through the RADF Fund.
Time has not diminished the artistic passion that began at the age of 13 drawing a weekly comic strip for a Sunday newspaper which led to a full page article in “People” Magazine and a segment on a children’s television program.
Currently producing prints and posters of specially selected pieces her charming, narrative works showcases Amanda’s natural talent.