I love this story…”When you go out into the woods and you look at trees, you see all these different trees.

And some of them are bent, and some of them are straight, and some of them are evergreens, and some of them are whatever.

And you look at the tree and you allow it.

You appreciate it.

You see why it is the way it is.

You sort of understand that it didn’t get enough light, and so it turned that way. And you don’t get all emotional about it. You just allow it. You appreciate the tree.
The minute you get near humans, you lose all that. And you are constantly saying “You’re too this, or I’m too this.” That judging mind comes in.

And so I practice turning people into trees. Which means appreciating them just the way they are.”

This describes my outlook on life and in my art. I believe people need to turn towards nature and find the nature in our humanity again.  More on that in my artist’s statement.

My name is Amanda Rose, I enjoy art and thinking. I believe art is a way for the soul to express itself. I practice philosophy, yoga, and also visual art (painting/drawing). I like to dabble in music (violin), writing (poetry) and games – like chess – as well but my main focus is usually on philosophy, yoga, painting and drawing.

I do have a BA in Philosophy and Ethics and I am currently a graduate student in a Master of Fine Arts program for painting and drawing. All seriousness aside, I just love life, people, and trying to make sense of everything which is why I make art. It’s a special feeling to be able to create something that can add a little more to the world– a little more feeling, thought, togetherness? Yes, togetherness 🙂

This website is intended to represent one artist, me, as a whole person. Instead of presenting myself in a box, I like to acknowledge that no one and nothing exists without context. I like to look at the bigger picture, and this is my bigger picture. Please feel free to contact me or comment on my blogs!