21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2014 | Amanda Raynes


Amanda Raynes, Robert Stevens, charcoal, 12 x 20.

Amanda Raynes, Robert Stevens, charcoal, 12 x 20.

Art Education: I completed the first two years of my undergraduate work at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, CT, before transferring to Laguna College of Art + Design in Laguna Beach, CA, where I received a bachelor of fine arts degree.

Style: My style ranges from traditional oil paintings and etchings to a combination of collage, drawing, and painting. I enjoy the challenge of combining traditional elements with modern influences.

Creative Spark: Incorporating history and genealogy into my work. I favor working from old photographs of my ancestors. That way I can find out all about their lives in the process.

One Thing People Don’t Know About You: I am addicted to ice pops. You can find wrappers anywhere in my apartment.

Pet Peeve: When someone says something and does not act upon it. I feel that being reliable and sticking to my word is extremely important.

Mantra or Motto: Everything can be fun.

Favorite Studio Music: It depends on the work environment that I am trying to set. Classical and folk music are what I lean toward when working on more intricate and detailed pieces. In order to get myself in a creative mood while starting new works, I usually listen to The White Stripes, The Vaccines, The Smiths, and St. Vincent.

Favorite Work by Another Artist: A constant favorite for me is the contemporary artist Sangram Majumdar. My favorite piece of his is titled SMOKE AND MIRROR.

Price Range: $120 to $850.

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