Amanda Wingfield's drawings, prints and mixed media pieces are delicate studies of the botanical world and objects from daily life. With a background in graphic design, she chooses each subject for its visual appeal as well as personal and metaphorical significance.
Her creative practice began with a love of drawing, which led to the methodical, unpredictable and community-oriented medium of printmaking. When her circumstances called for a technique with more immediate results, she transitioned to drawing plants and other objects from life, layering with charcoal, ink, watercolor, and acrylic.
Originally from Houston, she received a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Texas at Austin with an emphasis in studio art as an undergraduate and postgraduate. Her work has been shown at galleries in Austin, Galveston, and central Texas.
In a world that seems to be changing with increasing speed and chaos, nature is an organizing and steadying force. Ideally we can get outside, but maybe heartfelt representations can provide similar respite when we're stuck indoors. These botanical drawings were originally designed as notecards to print on a letterpress and drink coasters to print commercially, token snapshots of plants observed and shared with friends. After the first letterpress run it was clear that they would better serve as watercolor drawings. I'm influenced by traditional botanical illustration and contemplative practice and start by drawing from life and finish in the studio with cuttings or photos for reference. I have a lifelong interest in psychology and hope to share the simple joy present in nature, often observable in hidden places that might otherwise go unnoticed - blades of grass softly highlighting a landscape or the decaying seed bud on a flower that many would consider a weed - a friendly nod to the shadow, always present.