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Amanda Menefee

"I enjoy using pastels because the colors are so brilliant, no brush or solvent is needed, and paintings maintain their intensity without fading.

Painting landscapes of places I’ve visited helps to anchor them in my memory. When a scene captures my attention, it’s due to a combination of the vibrancy of colors, textures, angles, and contrasts that attract me. In my life as well as in my art, variety is key. I enjoy painting portraits, animals, and landscapes, and often work on multiple paintings at once. “Only boring people get bored”, my dad always said. I like to keep things interesting.
I studied under my father, Randy Wilson, an art instructor and watercolorist at Butte College, Wayne Thiebaud at UC Davis, Ken Morrow at CSU Chico, and now Romanoos through the Pacific Grove Art Center. I’ve experimented with watercolor, acrylic, colored pencil, pastel and oil. My knowledge and practice are evolving my drawings and pastel paintings. I enjoy how this process represents those impressions that catch my eye."

Free Fall - FIRST PLACE in CCAA's juried show at the PG Art Center, March, 2017
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