Today we’d like to introduce you to Amanda Flowers.
Amanda, before we jump into specific questions about your work, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My family exposed me to the arts throughout my entire childhood. My mother customized our home with bright inspiring colors, our home was filled with art and books, my grandmother wrote plays and short stories, and I have many uncles who do multiple forms of art as well. It is ingrained within me, I’m just always learning new ways to express it.
Growing up in the Bay Area, I wanted to capture the soft yet, depth of my surroundings. I started as a photographer and I further stretched my creativity by switching to acrylic painting on canvas in 2014. My eye grew into wanting to see my art be more adaptable with the real world so I transitioned into the use of mixed medium in 2016. My current and main choice of creation are working with oil pastel on wood and mixed media, which is truly a better expressing of the depth of my internal world. As an individual with limited help and a strong vision my present goals are set to be deeply focused on the longevity of future generations to come.
Has it been a smooth road?
Recently I felt like I have gone through the hardest I ever had during my creative journey. This past March I was invited to participate in the art group called “The Other Art Fair”. It was held at the magic box reef in downtown LA for four glorious days. I had an extraneous month leading up to it. My focus was on making sure my marketing, artwork and display were cohesive and rendered clearly. I was also in school with five full classes. Thankfully, I had support from family and friends to execute my booth amiably.
I did not immediately realize how much energy I expended because after the adrenaline rush of preparing, studying in school and personal relationship obligations, I hit a mental and emotional low for about four months. It was hard to produce art, finish projects, and cultivate creativity for future endeavors smoothly. This was something I had never experienced. I am still sorting my way through this mental maze of emotions. What has helped me is doing daily sketches and cutting big projects down to small objectives which push my inhibitions out day by day.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
In the business aspect of my life, I specialize in creative consulting. I strive to be a multi-dimensional artist. I am able to computerize graphics, paint with various mediums, and stylize shoots from clothing to the set. I am most proud of how I can collaborate with people who are not so advanced in figuring out color tones or a visual subject matter for marketing their brand. I am truly helping them become more confident in the creative process to captivate their audience.
For people who are confident, I aim to listen clearly and derive their vision through my accustomed style.
That is really the focus.
Overall my purpose is to help kids stay open-minded and be okay with simply being themselves in the most positive light. To push adults to go beyond their false beliefs and see in another perspective.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I think LA is really becoming the hub for people whom are visually creative and want to be exposed to like-minded individuals that will help them advance in the art world. It is one thing to have a passion and be genuine, but in reality, we still have to generate a livelihood for ourselves. I prefer to strive to make a living with my passion and many people who I have met that are drawn to LA are pursuing that same goal and have a developing artistic drive.
I would recommend anyone to start at home first, expose your art to your local art gallery or have your own art show, even try selling online, just get connected in the art scene somehow. Then make a shift to move to a larger area like LA. You’ll always have that home base and when things pick up you will have that rapport to come back home to and uplift your community and the people that supported you initially.
I definitely feel the city can improve on having more low budget living spaces, activities, and food. LA is very trendy and many businesses like to play catch up. It would be nice if the city introduced and supported more programs for artists or affordable living spaces.
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