The Artist

About Amanda Zirzow

Amanda Zirzow

“Inspiration for my paintings comes from my experiences in nature, adventures, and stories. Through my art, I capture impressions from my imagination and infuse my subjects with color to bring them to life. My mission is to share my artwork to inspire and help others.”

– Amanda Caitlin Zirzow

Amanda Zirzow captivates her audience with her unique artistic style and bright imagery. She is an active member of her community, a teacher, and an artist based in Fort Myers, Florida.

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The Artist

Born in Falls Church, Virginia, just outside of Washington D.C., Amanda was influenced by exploring the Smithsonian museums, the National Zoo, and the outdoors. As a primarily self-taught artist, she paints with a unique interpretation of nature and her own style of color and composition using acrylics as her medium.

Her first art exhibition was in 2005 at George C. Marshall High School, where she received the highest honors in art and biology while earning her International Baccalaureate degree. After high school, she went on to George Mason University. She graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Biological Sciences and went on to teach in higher education.

She values informal self-education by surrounding herself with remarkable people, do-it-yourself projects, and experimentation. Relocating to Florida in 2016, she found inspiration in the natural beauty of South Florida and decided to pursue her passion for painting professionally.

The Teacher

Amanda has a passion for engaging students in active learning in the college biology classes she teaches. The key focus in her courses is to teach the fundamentals of life and living organisms including their physical structure, chemical processes, molecular interactions, physiological mechanisms, development, and evolution. Additionally, she helps students understand how we impact the environment and changes we can make to improve the sustainability of life on Earth.

The SCUBA Diver

While living in Tucson, Arizona, Amanda worked at the University of Arizona’s Biosphere 2 Marine Science Lab. She maintained the marine aquariums, assisted with educational outreach, and learned to SCUBA dive in the 700,000-gallon ocean within the research facility. Amanda continues to get inspiration from diving adventures and is an NAUI certified rescue diver.

The Marine Conservationist

Amanda supports the protection and preservation of ecosystems in oceans and seas in order to prevent the exploitation of these resources. On her latest expedition, Amanda traveled to Costa Rica, where she worked with a non-profit organization, Innoceana. The purpose of the expedition was to learn about and assist with current conservation efforts which included 3D mapping of the coral reef systems, invertebrate inventory, water quality studies, reef monitoring, microplastic analysis, coral taxonomy, climate change survey, and sea currents monitoring.

The Shell Ambassador

Amanda balances her time between family, work, and giving back to her community. Amanda volunteers for the nonprofit Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum. The museum connects people to the natural world through their love of shells and the animals that create them. As a Shell Ambassador, Amanda is a certified shell expert trained to identify over 60 Southwest Florida shells. When volunteering, Amanda wears her blue Shell Ambassador shirt to the beaches of Sanibel which indicates to beachgoers that she can answer questions and identify shells. So, if you see Amanda on the beach, say hello!

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