About Amanda – one of the WanderArtists

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous… leading to the most amazing view…” ~ Edward Abbey

I am moved to create/recreate the things I see because they stir my soul… Studying my subjects intently, and in a way living inside of them during the creative process, brings a deep joy to me. Magritte once said, “what matters in art is to express charm… I live in a very disagreeable world, and my work is meant as a counter-offensive.” Over time I have come to cherish moments of clarity and wonder – most often experienced in wilderness and spurred by sights and events outside my own mind and control… A sudden gust of wind causing a flock of blackbirds to take flight… The wild dignity of desert bighorn sheep… The gaze of an owl… These experiences I seek through my travels and strive to portray that stimulating energy in my prints and drawings.

I was born an artist… Alongside another artist, my twin brother. We came into the world Nebraskans, by the time we were 8 we had lived in 8 homes and 5 states. My father worked for Associated Press and my parents both enjoyed trying new places, including Tokyo, Japan for my final year of high school. In Tokyo, my artistic tendencies were fostered to new heights and I happily went home to California to focus on an art major.

My curiosity and creative drive have led me to explore many art media: tapestry weaving, clay & wood sculpting, lost wax casting, painting, computer illustration, graphic design, earth/environmental art, photography, drawing, and printmaking. I have used pro (Nikon) cameras since I was 3 years old. My dad always had AP cameras available – the first rule being to always put the strap around your neck! I was on the school newspaper and yearbook in jr. high and high school – developing the photographs in our home darkroom myself. Presently I use photography in my work – for inspiration, ideas for drawings and prints, in my blog wanderartist.com, and for photo-etching.

My primary focus currently is to create a series of woodblock prints from my drawings and photographs. The portfolio is focusing on our National Parks. I have been an art teacher for youth groups, adults and private citizens for many years. I enjoy teaching drawing, crafts, and especially woodblock printing to children and adults.

Travel with my family has helped to foster a love of change and exploration. These days I am traveling full time – mostly exploring parks. My love and appreciation of the National Parks started with long trips in a VW bus with my two siblings and parents. Over the last 20 years I have wandered further and found researching and learning about the history and unique gifts of the parks helps to inform my art and illuminate my woodblock printing and drawing. I glean much of my subject matter and inspiration from long hours spent in our National Parks.

Inspirations also include my pioneer ancestors – who traveled long distances to carve out their lives in bold ways. I am motivated by thoughts of my Algonquin Grandfather, who gave his life in WWII in the rescue attempt of a fellow Navy flier… By my parents who overcame difficult upbringings to become fully realized artists and human beings. My hope is to push my artwork and myself beyond my comfort level to inspire others to protect our National Parks and to nurture their own creative tendencies at once.

Moments that shaped me include: diving in Japan with the Sea Eagle team of military & Japanese divers in search of my grandfather’s remains, riding a horse on dirt roads for hours alone in Nebraska, exploring remote Horseshoe Canyon and Grand Gulch in search of ancient rock art & ruins, climbing high peaks while leading children to new adventures, running half marathons to benefit a charity in which I believe, wandering the streets of Tokyo and San Francisco alone…

Store: http://www.wanderartists.zenfolio.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WanderArtist

Resume: http://am4110.wix.com/amandapalmer

wheat storm – preliminary print

10 Responses to “About Amanda – one of the WanderArtists”

  1. Hey Amanda, Thanks for stopping by to check out my blog and the follow, hope you liked what you saw. Looking forward to seeing more of your posts, 🙂

  2. Pleased to meet you.

  3. Congratulations, Amanda!

    I have nominated your blog for the Most Influential Blogger Award.

    More about this nomination is at

    http://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/2013/08/17/most-influential-blogger-award-thank-you-anil-cm/

  4. Lovely blog, Amanda! Thanks for connecting with us on Twitter! Keep up the great work!

  5. Congratulations, Amanda!

    I have nominated your blog for the Shine On Award.

    More about this nomination is at

    http://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/2014/01/25/shine-on-award-thank-you-whatuful/

  6. Great Photos of Iceboating!

    Would it be all right to use a couple of your photos on our organizations site with photo credit and a link back to your site? Our organization hosts the IDNIYRA North American DN Iceboating Championship.

    https://ice.idniyra.org

  7. Hello and Thank you for the following sounds like you done lots of studies that’s great:) Studying is fun. Take care …..:)

  8. Lola and I loved your blog, your photos [and Shaun’s], your thoughts and hero’s.
    Hope all is well in your discovery process.
    We miss you.

  9. Hi Amanda, Hope you and Shaun continue on your amazing adventure this year with all that is good in your path. Thanks for sharing with us your wonderful stories and pictures. These dreary winter days are surely brightened by them. Love from Helen

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