My name is Amanda Nicole, I’m a Denville, NJ artist. My work is a combination of woodland creatures and the varied Northern NJ landscape. “With a brush in my hand I imagine birds with goggles and scarfs perched in tree tops. I have shy fox neighbors that regularly pass through my backyard. These swift and cunning animals are becoming my new muse. Much of my inspiration comes from my own backyard, I watch birds splutter in the bird bath and chipmunks scurry along rock walls, hiding from my two cats. As John Muir says "Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”
I studied art in school and briefly in college before switching gears to get a degree in Graphic Design. I absolutely love design, but my heart is called to paint. I am a self-taught watercolor artist and oil painter. Painting since childhood, I’ve always loved to capture the beauty of nature. With the birth of my son, I have been discovering new facets of my talent. I Previously worked primarily with oils, but my new life as a mother makes working with the medium difficult. Over the past year and a half I have been incorporating watercolors, acrylics and pens into a new energetic style. Through these three mediums I found a way to represent wildflowers through splashes of loose color and fine detail. I am excited to cultivate and grow my new body of work. I want to capture the feeling of pure happiness when sitting among the flowers, hearing the hum of a bee, the sun on your face and the breeze in your hair. Woodland animals such as foxes, birds, bears and deer, common themes in my past work, are sure to make a reappearance. My work has most recently been exhibited at Frelinghuysen Arboretum, in Morristown, NJ for both a solo and group show.