Growing up on three continents, Amanda has been inspired by much of the world. She now lives on 30 breath-taking acres in Cournelius, OR capturing the beauty of the landscapes that surround her.
As a child living in Africa and Saudi Arabia, she remembers watching her mother paint oil landscapes as a hobby. both her parents were educators and encouraged her to follow her creative passion. Amanda was educated in New England and holds a B.S. in Apparel Design & merchandising (honors) from the University of Vermont and a graduate degree in Textile Design (Summa Cumlade) from the Fashion institute of Technology in New York City. She was L.L. Bean's first apparel designer in the 80's, Nike's first Apparel Innovation Director in the 90's and than helped launch Nike's first e-commerce business.
After 17 years of traveling, designing and merchandising sports apparel for big global brands, she found she was creating less and managing more. "Eventually the only colored pens on my desk were highlighters for reading financial reports and market research trends. I always knew that I would paint someday, But I didn't want to wait till I was 65 to start." She is now allowing the time for the artist in her to finally come out.
She and her husband have been renovating an old historic hunting lodge west of Portland on a 30 acre estate where they are raising natural grass fed beef. She has two small sons, and a black lab. She loves to ride her bike, cook, garden, sail, and compete in local sporting events. She splits her time between Cornelius, Oregon and the San Juan Islands while squeezing time in to paint whenever she can. She is a signature award winning member of the NW Pastel Society, sits on the board for the Valley Art Gallery in Forest Grove, OR, where she is their top selling artist.