IMG_0493My journey in art has a deep foundation in happy accidents and slightly controlled mark making. Rooted in a rebellion to spending an excessive amount of money on art supplies, the pigments I’m drawn tend to be non-traditional or donated. Therefore, my mediums have been experimentations with semi-permanent pigments ranging from tea to coffee to Rit dyes to cigarette ash and burns. At first my work circulated around natural and muted tones. Due to my enjoyment of inviting my community to contribute to the creative process, various peers have joined the fun and advised me on new possible mark makers.  My favorite suggestion came from working in a veterinarian hospital and learning of an antibacterial soap called Betadine. After a gift of a huge jug of this soap in 2010, an orange hue showed up in my work. This took my work in a new direction of playing with color. Over the years a drift has occurred from letting people loose on my canvases with a few simple directions to wanting more control. More of my work has been created in my studio as of late. I find myself collecting what I call street metal or distressed, urban, discarded objects that I find in the road.  I’ve merged these items into my work also. I occasionally find myself capturing the female form in acrylic at the Norfolk drawing group. I integrate the nudes with my partially finished abstract pieces creating a mixed media evolution in my work.   www.facebook.com/amandapagestephensart amandapagestephens@gmail.com

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