Born in Australia and raised in England, Amanda’s lifelong love of art began during early childhood, with many hours spent sketching and painting in a disused caravan on the family farm. She loved to watch her mother, also an artist, working with paint and pastels – creativity was always encouraged in her home and there was no shortage of inspiration. In the late 1980s, Amanda’s mother and her partner converted their East Sussex oast house into an art gallery where local artists and sculptors showed their work.
Amanda’s love of birds (which are the subject matter of much of her work) started very early in life. Her mother was a member of the RSPB and signed her up as a member of the YOC (Young Ornithologists Club). As a child Amanda used to love leafing through her mother’s Reader’s Digest Book of British Birds and she later learned that there were bird enthusiasts on the Australian side of her family too. But perhaps most thrilling of all was finding a rare copy of Popular British Ornithology, published in 1853, written and illustrated by English naturalist Philip Henry Gosse, grandfather of artist Sylvia Gosse, to whom Amanda is proudly related.
Amanda’s preferred media are acrylic and gouache and her style is usually strong in colour and sharp in detail – a reflection of her background in print, graphic art and design.