Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Exhibit: Amanda Johnson

Not many
Palette and Chisel members
look this good
in a bathing suit!

(and please note:
she's holding a paint brush,
not a riding crop)

Amanda Johnson was born in Woodriff, Wisconsin. She graduated in 2005 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a degree in fine arts. She lived and studied in New York City, Paris, Prague and India where she gained inspiration and techniques that she has incorporated into her various paintings and murals. After graduation, for a brief period, she mainly sold her work online and reached hundreds over the world and collectors in over 15 countries.

In 2008 she trained with realist painters including renowned Arts Students League instructor, David Leffel at the Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago. She began experimenting with the chiaroscuro technique, an art form dating back to the Renaissance that expressed light and shadow.

However, not being one to merely imitate painting techniques put down in text books... the foundation of her work shows an immense spirit of creativity and expression that is uniquely her own.

Amanda resides in the city of Chicago and routinely paints en plein air (outdoor/on sight painting) around the city.

Artists who have influenced her work include Turner, the contemporary Russian painter Nikolai Blokhin, the French Impressionists, Dutch and Italian Masters and many more.


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