Amanda Robin Wood
“Though born in the US, I've spent most of my formative years living overseas with my parents, absorbing art and culture from the Tropics, the Middle and Far East. This unique opportunity allowed me to absorb art and culture from around the globe. Constant exposure to a wide range of religions, cultures and traditions has been an enriching foundation for me as an artist, influencing my creative work quite heavily.
Returning to the US in the mid 1980's, and settling in Texas, has added another layer to my creative style, with rich culture unique to Texas. I truly felt at home here and was quite interested in staying. Upon receiving my Bachelor's degree in Fine Art/Communication Design from the University of North Texas in 1995, I began a career as a graphic designer, which spanned many years in the Dallas area.
Several years into becoming a graphic designer, I still yearned to paint, work with clay and other sculpting materials. I wanted to create permanent artwork more likely capture the changes life brings us -- yet freeze snapshots in time, highlighting those pinnacle moments in our lives. This meant I needed to say something about the world we live in and create a more meaningful dialogue with the viewer. Following the birth of my second child, I embarked on a soul seeking journey, which resulted in the reassessing of all of my views on life, work, family and spiritual beliefs. Once I had connected with myself during this journey, I knew I needed to let go of my current self and evolve into the artist that I have become thus far.
The results of my time in self exploration are visible in my work: human emotions, manifestations of spirituality, motherhood, relationships, fear, defensiveness, self love, irreverence, conquering fear and letting go. There is also a deep appreciation for ancient wisdom and archetypal symbols that transcend generations and cultures.
Currently, I live in Austin, Texas with my husband, two daughters and two active Weimaraners. Austin’s casual attitude, accepting environment and beautiful hill country have all been key in my self development as an artist. The local community of clay artists and sculptors continues to be a positive, supportive and strong community. It has been a wonderful avenue for meeting great artists that have nurtured me