What I want to give is a picture of an artist’s heart, my heart. I use simply the fingers on my hands, oil, and canvas. In a world of ups and downs, a positive expression immortalized on canvas can have a stable, meaningful influence in a room and in a life.
Amanda Wathen has a rare flair for adaptability. She has lived in Ecuador, Thailand, China, and around the United States, allowing each experience to deepen and enrich her artistic expression.
She has painted since childhood and began working professionally at age thirteen, hand painting murals on tile. Between then and now, she has started and sold businesses, raised a family, and taught technique and art history. Recently she was chosen by ArtAscent for the Distinguished Artist Award. She paints realism, pointillism, and impressionism.
Despite this and further experience in art restoration and interior design, Amanda says touch painting--finger painting--is unequivocally the most expressive. “No concentration is lost to cleaning brushes, and no tool divides the artist and the canvas,” she says. “A touch-painted canvas is a picture of the artist's heart. Because it is impressionist, it deliberately reduces a measure of realism to gain much more in emotion. The longer you look at it, the more it means to you. In a world of ups and downs, a positive expression immortalized on canvas can have a stable, meaningful influence in a room and in a life."
Amanda has pioneered new techniques in the field of oil-based finger painting, an emerging artistic trend.