Amanda is passionate about all things creative and studied art, photography, ceramics, textiles, and design from an early age. She studied at West Surrey College of Art and Design gaining a BA Hons degree in 3D Design and Photography.
She is a practicing artist and photographer specialising in animal portraiture, and lives in Kirtlington, a North Oxfordshire village on the Eastern edge of the Cotswolds.
She creates drawings in pencil and pastel pencils, and paintings in acrylic on canvas and watercolour; she has taught watercolours to adults at beginner stage; has run ceramics club at an independent school in Buckinghamshire, and managed a contemporary art gallery in Covent Garden, London.
WHY I’M INVOLVED IN THIS YEAR’S COTSWOLD HARE TRAIL
I love the countryside, especially the Cotswolds, so the two AONB projects “Caring for the Cotswolds” and “Glorious Cotswold Grasslands” that will benefit from this year’s Hare Trail fund raising are particularly close to my heart.
The Cotswold Hare Trail is a fantastic way to encourage people to visit and appreciate this beautiful area by creating an exciting treasure hunt like experience visiting all the different hare locations.
As an artist there is nothing that pleases more than having people appreciate your creations so being part of this group creation that brings so much pleasure is something I love being a part of.
ABOUT MY DESIGN FLUTTERBY
I wanted to make another very decorative hare this year as I had developed a style with last year’s hares Precious and Milli that I wanted to replicate.
As this year’s theme is Cotswold areas of natural beauty I decided to take a look at all the butterflies and moths that exist in the area, and I am loosely basing my painted butterflies on these, although there is quite a lot of artistic license with colours!
Contact: Florence Beetlestone -Founder & Festival Director on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01285¬ 644¬ 354¬ if interested in sponsoring a hare.