Amanda trained as a painter before pursuing a career as a chartered architect, later moving into the field of academic tuition at Edinburgh College of Art and Edinburgh Napier University where she taught a variety of subjects for over a decade. After this time Amanda decided to return to painting as a full time career, and she currently works from her home studio in Pathhead, Midlothian.
With a multidisciplinary background, Amanda allows a variety of sights and sounds to weave their way into her work; from industrial architecture, unusual cloud formations, a cold blast on a beach or even conversations, she aspires to create images with an almost lyrical quality, imbuing the everyday with a sense of drama, rich with the atmosphere of a specific moment in time.
Amanda considers the process of painting to be something akin to a conversation between herself and a landscape, sometimes working quickly and other times taking a slower, more detail oriented approach. She works on several paintings over the course of a week, occasionally with a mixed media approach but primarily with acrylic as its quick drying time suits the pace of her workflow, applying paint and making marks on the canvas with everything from old credit cards to bubble wrap.