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Amanda Bee

Visual artist

My abstracted landscape paintings seek to explore the spirit, features and qualities of the places we call home. I paint landscapes I know well creating remembered experiences, fragments of time, sounds, colour, movement. A recreation of place which is deeply personal. I am interested in the areas that pull us back, the places we visit over and over and never tire of. The landscapes we carry with us, which hold our memories and fill us with joy. For me these are specific places in my home County of Somerset and nearby Wiltshire, the wildlife marshes around Gibraltar Point in Lincolnshire, the coast and wild spaces of Cornwall and the beautiful rural landscapes of Italy. I work with paint, collage, pencils, oil pastels and water-soluble crayons creating mixed media pieces full of colour. Bold, sensitive, emotional responses to landscapes forever changing and marked by the human hand, nature and time.

I am originally from Lincolnshire where I trained at Lincoln College of Art and later completed a Degree in Fine Art and Social Context at UWE Bristol. Since graduating I have made the South West my home settling in Frome, Somerset. I work from a studio in the Silk Mill, a beautifully converted building in the centre of Frome. I am a fully qualified Adult Education tutor and teach weekly classes, one day workshops and online courses. I have curated several art exhibitions for my students at the Black Swan Gallery in Frome. I am one of the organisers of the ‘Silk Mill Collective’ representing the artists and makers of the Silk Mill both online and in organising shows in the Gallery space at the Mill. I am currently an area REP for Somerset Art Works and take an active role in supporting the arts and other artists in my local area.