Artist | Illustrator | Designer
Amanda O’Bryan is a multi-disciplinary creative. An artist, illustrator, freelance designer, creativity coach and founder of Creative Queen Bees.
Amanda draws from her 20+ years as a practicing creative and business owner to connect people to creativity.
In 2017 Amanda returned to the Hunter region and re-imagined Creative Queen Bees. From a full service brand and design studio, Creative Queen Bees is now a growing blog and online creative space offering creativity coaching, courses, workshops, art and products to spark creativity in life and business.
Her inspiration is to direct women on a path towards a happy, healthy, creative life and business.
In business, Amanda is known for her high-end imaginative ideas and combines her award winning brand and design expertise to work with SME’s and start-ups.
Amanda studied Visual Arts, holds a BA in Design from the University of Newcastle, a Diploma in Web Development and a Graduate Certificate in PR from Sydney University. More recently Amanda trained at the Creative Education Foundation in New York, the world leader in Applied Imagination for cutting edge knowledge and techniques in creative problem solving.
An accomplished artist, in 2018 she was a finalist in the Newcastle Emerging Artist Prize and winner of the ‘Packers Prize’. From her home in the Hunter Valley NSW, Amanda continues to explore a sense of place through her daily painting. She describes her daily art practice as an emotional, spiritual and physical expression of love. The connection to nature and landscape are themes she explores In acrylic and watercolour on both paper and canvas. The work is expressive, connecting a deep affinity with the landscapes and seascapes of her home in the Hunter region.
In a previous life, Amanda performed as a singer/songwriter and is sometimes known to have a sing ‘every now and then’ with her musician husband. She has written songs recorded by other musicians as well as for the ABC children’s’ TV show, ‘The Saddle Club’. Amanda released ‘FreeWheelin’, a CD of her original compositions in 2011.
My painting practice is as place making, of wanting, seeking, belonging and describing the landscapes and seascapes of my home region, the Hunter Valley. With composition I seek to tell stories about change and familiarity, based on emotions, memories, dreams, feelings, love and imagined experiences that live deep in my subconscious.
The landscape is feminine, energetically open and expressive in colour with movement, line and form that asks the viewer to connect to love, family, belonging and regional identity.
The paintings are built in layers, thin washes of light with varied smudges of impasto built up to imitate the textual diversity of land, water and big sky. The paintings pay respect to modern Australian landscape painters and further seek to explore a connection to place and belonging.
For all creative commissions, guest speaking and consulting or to view Amanda’s portfolio, contact Amanda HERE