About Artist Amanda Parker
Although I was born in Oregon during the fall of 1982, I spent most of my life in Southern Michigan and currently reside in Northern Virginia.
I created my first serious drawing at age 12, and my interest in art has continued to grow ever since. After many years of studying art and being pushed by brilliant instructors I began painting full time in May of 2011.
I prefer to paint with acrylic and oil because each offers unique attributes for completely different painting styles. Although I have traditional drawing skills, and am able to recreate anything on paper, I choose painting for the continual challenge it presents me with.
My personal style is derived from my unique perspective on nature, and the human mind. It changes as my world evolves, and as such no two paintings are ever the same. My favorite paintings are those I create with others in mind. I love bringing someone else's ideas to life in a painting. I consider my their happiness as my prize upon delivery.
While a painting is being comprised it transforms as I ponder the composition over a few days. The best images are developed over several days. My gift to the viewer is the placement of secrets and stories within each painting. Sometimes days or months after a painting is delivered the owner tells me they have discovered the secrets and wonder if I intended to create them.
When I'm not engulfed in a world of paint and canvas I am travelling through the bike trails of Northern Virginia with some music and a bottle of water, playing computer games, or enjoying time with my husband.
If you would like to know more, grab a cup of coffee and click my history and inspiration pages. I'm always open for conversation if you would like to contact me. Thank you for your interest in my work and life.
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A story about art and how I came to be the artist I am today...
The advanced art instructor gave us special projects, a lot of free reign, and pushed our skills to college levels. Eventually I attended advanced art courses three hours each day and won many ribbons at annual art fairs. I was obsessed with art, and even displayed my work in one of my senior pictures. I proudly exhibited the images at my graduation party as well, and piled them in my bedroom afterward.
This page contains many influences that contributed to my artistic evolution. Some of them are current favorites and others I once loved or learned from. It offers insight into my personal life and continues to evolve as I do.
My husband who gave me the ability to break the box, put it together again, and drop a fresh coat of paint on top. Without him I would not believe in the possibility of everything. I truly am the luckiest woman in the world to have found a kindred soul whom I relate so deeply to.
My Grandfather who said "Tell me something that is true" and continually explicated the impossibility of doing so.
Mrs. Sheffield, my high school art teacher who taught me to explore a variety of media, and that anything can be solved through creative thought.
Robert Chang - continues to give back to the world and encourage others to become artists regardless of ability. When I was deciding what to do with my life I would refer to his website often and admire his work. I like that he offers readers insight into his life beyond art, and that is what encouraged me to create this revealing list for the few interested.
Feng Zhu - encourages new artists to go forth even if they don't know what they are doing at first.
Jackson Pollock - invented the drip. "Invented" lol...But really he was reclusive, brilliant, and drunk. What's not to love about his insanity?
Pablo Picasso - because he could easily create realism, but instead he chose to create abstract works.
Osnat - continually dominating her market because of beautiful colors, vast imagination, and astounding productivity.
Leonardo Da Vinci - the engineer.
Salvador Dali - (in his early years) who challenged reality with full attention to perspective.
Whoever made pyramids. Very stylish, sleek, and minimal... until we walk inside and the maze is discovered...oooh the creativity.
Antonio Gaudi - In college I randomly chose this guy for a research project. His life accomplishments were amazing and his style was stunning, innovative, and complex.
Frank Lloyd Wright - My sister introduced me to his work when I was younger and I was hooked. His clean lines and knowledge of his craft are an astounding combination.
Maynard James Keenan - Anything he does is magic.
John Werkema - An old friend who subtly taught me money doesn't matter, but love does. He still composes and produces his own music, exemplifying true talent. I look forward to seeing his future endeavors.
Chino Moreno - Who just goes for it.
Hwee Yong Jang - The Gaia Project 2012: The Earth's Coming Great Changes - I read this book after an instructor read a story I wrote and recommended it. My story happened to be quite similar to the ideas presented in the book which I found a bit funny. I read the book as a sci-fi read, nothing more or less. What I love about it is that the author makes up this story, and then says (and I'm paraphrasing here) "Meh, if none of this happens, it's whatever. p.s. crop circles are from alienz."
A New Earth - Eckhart Tolle. Go with the flow, nowhere else to go...
The War of Art - Steven Pressfield - Ideal positive reinforcement.
(please send me your recommendations for good reads).
Aurelius, Darwin, Einstein, Galileo, Tesla, H.G. Wells, Jillian Michaels, Katt Williams, Christopher Nolan, Will Smith
There are so many amazing movies that have been created, I feel we are a blessed species to be able to take them in and enjoy them. Film is one of my favorite topics, and these are a few I love... once I started the list I realized hundreds could be added... more and more arrive each year.
The Time Traveler's Wife (2009) - Time travel!
Donnie Darko (2001) - Wormholes.
The Time Machine (2002) - Can you tell I enjoy time travel concepts yet?
A Sound of Thunder (2005) - The concept of this time travel movie is grand (screw IMDB ratings). People make mistakes, and perfection is an asymptote (both concepts are taught in this film). The story is incredible, and one to check out if your mind can get past the indy details.
Pandorum (2009) - A movie that commands the viewers attention. Beautiful concept, lovely dark cinematography.
eXistenZ (1999) - Concepts > acting. Plug me in, upload me, download me, whatever you have to do - I'm still in the game.
The Cube trilogy (1997-2004) - Terrifyingly glorious. Check out Cube Zero last (don't worry, it won't ruin anything). Hypercube is not that great but it is meant to be seen second, and Cube first.
The Prestige (2006)- Some of my favorite actors and actresses and my favorite director combined with an outstanding story.
Dawn of the Dead (2004) - Zombies. Brainz. Cinematography.
Visioneers (2008) - A new way to say hello. Much like Equilibrium, but better because Zach G. is in it.
Toy Story series (1995 and beyond) - I will always enjoy the power of animation and this series is one
The Lion King (1993) - What artist doesn't love this truly beautiful animation?
Idiocracy (2006) - Another movie with a beautiful concept. Then they added quotable humor.
Grandma's Boy (2006) - Because game design will always be something I love and admire.
The Core (2003) - Purge...Purge... "Okay, I know these look like computers... Totally not."
Moon (2009)- I love a great movie about people going insane.
Se7en (1995) - Mmm seven deadly sins. Sloth really sticks with you...
Avatar (2009) - The innovation that went into creating the animated characters in this ground breaking film impressed me. Also I loved Fern Gully as a child, and the influence of that movie and some games I played is clear.
Also anything Will Smith acted in. Independence Day, Seven Pounds, The Pursuit of Happyness, Hitch, MIB, The Legend of Bagger Vance, Bad Boys...His filmography continues to impress. I really feel like his agent must be the best in the business.
At one point I was entirely anti watching television because movies surpassed them in detail and quality. In addition I'm addicted to video games and dislike sitting around not using my brain. I'm not into sitcoms (with all that obnoxious laughter overlay) and doctor or crime shows... Then I watched the Lost series. At that time I realized, like movies, TV could be viewed without attention to acting and lack of detail caused by short development periods.
I thought for a while about how TV show editors and writers had to comprise hours and hours to complete a series, and they had only one year to do so. I compared them to movies and realized they have a much more difficult production period, and gained a new respect for them. Shows now are like extended movies, and I really love and appreciate their evolution.
The Walking Dead - My favorite show on TV. A-ma-zing! I love zombies and apocalyptic scenarios.
Terra Nova - It's like they made an entire series out of the movie "Sounds of Thunder." Time travel, sci-fi, not too much drama...just love it.
Sealab 2021 - R.I.P. Harry Goz who played a great part in making this the best adult cartoon of all time.
Survivor - What's not to love about placing humans in real life situations that might make them insane?
Legend of Zelda (original NES version) - When I was a kid I taped four sheets of paper together and walked through the world drawing out every nook and cranny with colored pencils. I later found a different version of the game that included a map with the purchase. When I went to school for game art and design this made me think I might be a good level designer.
Star Wars: The Old Republic - I love the stories and emotions connected to playing this game, and target audience. I never felt more like the designers had me personally in mind while enjoying a story line. One day they will learn that Blizzard's success is derived by identifying and solving game threatening bug issues quickly.
LotR - I wasn’t into the movies, but I loved the pinball table. Destroy the Ring and clean cut multiball goals in addition to gifts from the elves made this an all-around win. I just wish the parts weren’t as fragile since I broke my fair share of figurines in a number of locations.
Table Top Games
Besides anything by Maynard (especially Puscifer)... I love a variety of music, here are a few I've been drilling into my head lately...or used to really enjoy...
The Cult - Painted on My Heart. So many reasons to love the lyrics.
Awolnation - Sail. The video keeps it real. Oh noes alienz!
Plain White T's - Hey there Delilah. Luckily the true story behind it keeps us on the brink of emotional sanity and doesn't push us over the edge... However if the song was truly dedicated to one girl he loved and he had to be apart while he was on tour I think we would all melt with gushiness (or vomit).
"I have no fears about making changes, destroying the image, etc. because the painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through. It is only when I lose contact with the painting that the result is a mess." - Pollock
When I was 11 my mom took my sister, brother and I across the country from Oregon to Michigan and back. It was an amazing three week journey. During the trip we saw the following:
Northern California - I always wanted to see the Sequoias, and they were so epic I would love to see them again.
Old Faithful - I love geysers.
Devil's tower - I love rocks too.
Badlands National Park - W-o-w. Everywhere you look there is a beautiful photo waiting to be taken.
Mount Rushmore - So tiny in person... Bear Country U.S.A. down the road and the cave there were more interesting to me then, but looking back it was really awesome to see the mountain and I wish I were older to appreciate it more.
My grandpa and uncle took my sister and me out on the ocean to go deep sea fishing. What a memorable adventure! I was falling over the rest of the night after crashing into waves all day.
When I was 15 my grandma took me to California (to visit family). One night we had a memorable talk on the front porch where she divulged some information that she had never told anyone. She taught me two things back then: farting is a natural bodily function and family can be your best friends. Later she taught me that a stable life is the one to stick with. During that trip we went a few places:
Disney Land - Club 33 was the coolest thing about this specific trip, and I wish I was older so I could enjoy all that amazing seafood they were serving up.
Universal Studios - Jamie Lee Curtis walked out to greet the tour bus while filming Halloween H2O, then went back into the studio and brought out the man in the mask...
Knott's Berry Farm - Cute little place to get preserves or enjoy a small roller coaster.
Caves I visited so far (I wish to experience many more):
Mammoth Caves - I only toured one small 45 minute cave, but it was great!
Luray Caverns and Skyline Caverns - Very cool finds in Virginia. Skyline Caverns have the largest known anthodite on earth - neat!
In addition I've been to a little over half of the United States, but never outside the country (besides Canada/Mexico).
I enjoy theme parks like Cedar Point which I visited many times.
Hey did you know I like time travel? It's true. Neat topic.
I currently obtain all of my art materials from Jerry's Artarama, Dick Blick, and Utrecht.