Hello, my name is Amanda Blake. I fell in love with painting during my first painting course in college in 1995 and have been painting ever since. I received my BA in fine arts from the University of Oregon, and studied watercolor in Siena, Italy, and oil painting and printmaking at the Chautauqua Art Institute in New York. My paintings use symbolism and the imagery of superstitions to explore the idea of fate and the search for meaning in the world around us. Originally from Oregon, I now live in Morgantown, WV.
ABOUT MY PRODUCTS:
I work in several different series, painting on wood with oil paints. My smaller paintings are done on poplar blocks that I make myself. These little pieces are just 3.5 inches by about 5 inches and feature tiny portraits of imaginary people, homes, and circuses made of emotions, wildflowers, and my newest series of little moons in star-filled skies. My other series features narrative work on birch panels ranging from 6 to 36 inches square. The subject matter of these pieces focuses on ideas of hope, fate, and finding meaning in nature. My images are also available as prints and calendars.