My name is Amanda Brown and I am a lover of all things art related. I was born in Hays, Kansas and lived there the first four years of my life and for the last 18 years, I have lived in Camdenton, Missouri. Most people recognize it as the Lake of the Ozarks. My father was the main influence in art growing up. He would sit down and show me all of his drawings from high school and all of the comic book pages that he had inked. I wanted to be just as good as him when I grew up.
In grade school, art was always my favorite subject. I loved making crafts and drawing. I preferred art over recess any day. Once I got to middle school, art classes were not required anymore but I took them as extracurriculars anyway. I mostly stuck to drawing and painting but I did take one clay class in high school along with all of the other art courses available. Senior year of high school, I took a Professional Portfolio class and created quite a few pieces to put in a portfolio to show to some colleges.
Using my portfolio from High School, I was able to get a scholarship at Culver-Stockton College, in Canton, Missouri, where I am currently a first-semester senior. I have learned about art here in a lot of different ways. I have taken multiple art history courses and through those I have found some of my favorite artists. I have taken multiple clay, painting, printmaking, drawing, and graphic design courses. I have taken two pastel workshops through the school the past two years. The workshop instructor is from France and her name is Cecile Houel and she is an amazing pastel artist.
I have taken a study abroad trip to Ireland, France, and London to learn more about the Fine Arts. That was an amazing experience and I hope to go back again someday. I have also taken an Internship at the Quincy Art Center and it was so cool to meet local artists and other artists that traveled long distances to show their works. I was privileged to start working with the Permanent Collection at the Art Center and I even took a workshop there where we sculpted the human form using clay and finding different techniques to do that. It was a great learning experience.
I have also had the privilege of hanging my artwork in a few shows over the past few years. In 2015, I entered a couple paintings into the Clarksville Raintree Arts Council exhibition and I received second place for my self-portrait. I also had a mixed media piece hanging at the Oakley Lindsay Show at the Quincy Art Center. I hung my other mixed media piece at the Hannibal Arts Council and ending up selling that. That was my first piece I had ever sold. Lastly, I entered a pastel drawing of my baby nephew to the Hannibal Arts Council “Originalle” show and received a merit award.
One artist that inspires my artwork would be Robert Gratiot. His cityscapes are absolutely mind blowing! His paintings are hyper-realistic. I strive to be like him and many other similar artists. I like to push myself to be the best that I can be and I think that pushing myself to paint/draw things that I find challenging can only benefit me as an artist. Thinking in a positive light, the only way to go is up from here.
Join us on Wednesday, September 27 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at the Hy-Vee Market Cafe on Broadway to see Brown’s artwork and hear a brief artist talk. Her artwork will be on view through November 28, 2017.