Amanda Amend is a watercolor artist, linguist, and musician. Her career path has taken her from her native state of California, across the U.S., and abroad, before she moved to Burlington, Vermont more than 20 years ago.
Amanda holds a bachelor’s degree in music, a teaching certification in Spanish, and a master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. After 17 years of teaching English and Spanish language learners in Spain, Mexico, and at Saint Michael’s College in Vermont, she retired to dedicate herself to watercolor painting.
In her eight years of painting, Amanda has enjoyed a residency at the Vermont Studio Center, and has taken workshops with a number artists whose work she admires. But she’s mostly self-taught, sometimes working for weeks or months in her studio to master a single effect or technique.
Her work has been exhibited at a number of shows and galleries in Vermont, and is in private collections around the U.S. In the past three years Amanda’s paintings have won awards at galleries and exhibits around Vermont. She is a signature member of the Vermont Watercolor Society.
Her small watercolor “LaPlatte River Dusk” was chosen for the 2015 University of Vermont Medical Center Calendar, which features paintings by Vermont artists. “A Perkins Pier Morning” appears in the 2017 calendar.
“Life isn’t measured by how many breaths you take, but rather by the moments that take your breath away,” Amanda says. “There have been many such moments in my travels and adventures, and I hope to share those moments with you through my watercolors.”