Amanda Stratford has put together a portfolio of work to date which reflects her love of walking and travelling as well as her sense of humour, leading to unusual, insightful and often quirky images.
Amanda studied Shop and Store Display and Interior/Exhibition Design at Medway College of Design in Rochester. She has worked in both the interior and exhibition design industries for more than 25 years, as well as creating watercolour visuals for architects and developers.
Amanda gradually began to devote more time to her painting, enjoying the freedom it allowed - so different from the constraints of the design industry. She wanted to find a technique that moved away from the precision of her design work. As a self-taught artist she chose acrylic as a medium and quickly moved from brushes to palette knife.
Painting to a larger format is an important part of the process for Amanda and, with her stong sense of design and colour, she is able to mix vibrant colours directly on the canvas, laying on heavy texture to build up the image. Her sketching is minimal, with the image and colour developing as the painting emerges.
Her paintings provide a statement piece for any room, office or even that never-ending corridor.