About

About Amanda – b.1979

b. 1979-

Art has always been a love of New Brunswick native, Amanda Milke, who began developing her skills at a young age.

Regardless of her love of Art she decided to focus her studies in the humanities majoring in English & History with a minor in Religious Studies while painting her way through University. Following University she moved to Japan where she spent a few years teaching English and studying Japanese Calligraphy before returning to Canada.

Though she is a natural self taught artist, she will happily argue that her humanity studies helped shape her Artistic style and bring a depth to her paintings by adding a symbolic faith based narrative to each piece.

Amanda currently resides in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta (Canada) with her husband and two daughters.

To me, Art is an outward expression of a deeply personal narrative shared with the viewer, a reflection of soul. As such both personal and spiritual are woven into my creations. It’s an earthly expression of a heavenly viewpoint. A peak behind the veil, an insight into the depth of creation. We are not one dimensional beings and I want to express that in my art. There’s so much more to being human and to having faith in a divine God than one dimension on canvas can express.

I am a Mixed Media artist so in my art you will find lots of colors, layers, textures, various items and elements used. You will find classic faith symbols, Christian imagery and Bible verse references because I take an ALL of Me approach to living. I don’t want to compartmentalize life, faith or art into their own categories.

My Art is: me and my faith walk and it’s a journey and a sort of open diary of who I am and who I am becoming and it’s continuously growing and changing and challenging. I also hope for it to be insightful and inspiring for you and I pray that God would use it to speak into your life as He has mine.

Memberships

  • President for the SFSA (Society of Fort Saskatchewan Artists) .
  • CIVA (Christians in the Visual Arts) since 2017
  • Gallery 501 member since Feb 2019
  • NOA (Night of Artists) exhibiting member since 2019
  • ACACA (Alberta Community Art Clubs Association) member since May 2019
  • Fort Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce member
  • Women in Business member

Exhibitions 2019

2019, October – Solo Exhibit – City Hall Fort Saskatchewan, AB

2019   September- Solo exhibit at TwiLite Frames Gifts & Gallery – Stony Pain, AB

2019, July to August – Solo Exhibit – SPARK the Energy Credit Union- Fort Saskatchewan, AB

2019, May to August – Solo exhibit at Mix 107.9 FM – Fort Saskatchewan, AB

2019, April Society of Fort Saskatchewan Artist Group Exhibit – City Hall Fort Saskatchewan, AB

2019, March 22 to 24th – Night of Artists – Enjoy Centre – St. Albert, AB

2019, February – Gallery 501 Member Show and Sale – Gallery 501 – Sherwood Park, AB

Exhibitions 2018

2018,  June – “Blue Pomegranate” Solo Exhibit – ALFA (Alberta Lottery Fund Art) Gallery,  Fort Saskatchewan,  AB

2018   November – Solo exhibit at Mix 107.9 FM – Fort Saskatchewan, AB

2018, May -Society of Fort Saskatchewan Artist Group Exhibit – City Hall Fort Saskatchewan, AB

2017, June – Society of Fort Saskatchewan Artist Group Exhibit – City Hall Fort Saskatchewan, AB

Exhibitions 2010 to 2017

2017          Solo Exhibit- City Hall Fort Saskatchewan, AB

2016          Solo Exhibit- City Hall Fort Saskatchewan, AB

2015           Solo Exhibit- City Hall Fort Saskatchewan, AB

2011          The Amazing Grace Arts Festival, Fort Saskatchewan, AB

2010       “Interpretations of Life” Solo Exhibit -ALFA (Alberta Lottery Fund Art) Gallery, Fort Saskatchewan, AB

Exhibitions 2008-2009

2009        Axis Professional Building, “Art on Display”, Fort Saskatchewan, AB

2009         Fort Saskatchewan Art Walk: Downtown, Fort Saskatchewan, AB

2008         Solo Exhibit – Edmonton Jam Space Music Studio, Edmonton, AB

COLLECTIONS

2018       “Like a Fox on Fire” – Mixed Media – Jacquie Fenske

2018        “Jubilation” – Mixed Media Violin     City of Fort Saskatchewan Collection

2014         “Hallelujah” -Acoustic Guitar         City of Fort Saskatchewan Collection

 2005-18   Assorted Private Collectors

COMMISSIONED PIECES

“Blue Waves”         20″ x 24″ Alcohol Ink painted        2018–Private Collector

“Shadow”                           8″ x 10″ MM Painting           2017–Private Collector

“Can I Have this Dance”  24″ x 30″ MM Painting         2017–Private Collector

“Wild Orange”          Electric Guitar                                   2014–Gig Town (www.gigtown.com/) San Diego, CA

“La Vie en Rose”          11″ x 14″ Acrylic                                2013–Private Collector

“unnamed”                 Electric Guitar                                    2013–Private Collector

“Blue Strum”               Acoustic Guitar                                   2008–Private Collector

“Monarch’s Touch”      8″x10″ Acrylic                                    2008–Private Collector

“Believe in Me”           11″x15″ Watercolor                            2008–Private Collector

“Comfort Me”             11″x15″ Watercolor                            2008–Private Collector

“Color of Music”         Acoustic Guitar                                   2005–Private Collector

“Echoed Thought”      11″x15″ Acrylic                                  2005-Private Collector

One Reply to “About”

  1. Hi Amanda,

    I met Jonathan when he was covering the Alberta Oil Painters show at the Dow Centre, he told me about your work so I had to have a visit to your site. You’re a wonderfully versatile artist. My favourite pieces were Quiet Snow Fall and Essence of Being, the patterns are very striking.

    Best wishes,
    Cindy

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