Featured Artists

Amanda Selway

I am a Contemporary Landscape Painter. I attended Winchester School of Art and Chichester University. After which I lived in Wiltshire and have worked as an Illustrator and Teacher. Following the birth of my two children I began developing my own painting practice and now paint full time from my studio in Bembridge.

I grew up and live on the Isle of Wight. It is a beautiful place where I feel a deep connection. Through my work I attempt to explore this relationship and my sense of belonging to my environment. My work is inspired by the landscape which surrounds me, the changing light and extremes of colour. I walk daily and document my journey through a series of onsite (en plien air) sketches. These represent my immediate response to the landscape, they are quickly executed using a mix of media including watercolour, ink and pastel on paper. I then return to my studio where I begin translating these onto canvas. I usually start with a charcoal drawing and thin washes of colour; it is an evolving process which I like to keep fresh and full of energy so I often work on a couple of pieces at the same time and mix studio time with time spent outside sketching.  My work is not intended as a day-to-day diary account, instead they are meant to capture moments that have particularly inspired me along the way. Living on a small Island I naturally often repeat my walks or return to a spot to work over a longer period of time; therefore, the paintings serve as a record of how our environment is changing and encourage an appreciation of the beauty of our landscape.

Exhibitions of my work include those at Black Swan Arts, Frome, Park Gallery, Cheltenham and Collyer Bristow Gallery, London. I have participated at the Bath Art Fair and have exhibited at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.