Amanda Zirzow’s paintings are inspired by nature, animals, adventures, and her imagination infused with color. Amanda was born in Falls Church, Virginia, just outside of Washington D.C., where she was influenced by exploring the Smithsonian museums, the National Zoo, and the outdoors.
Amanda’s first art exhibition was in 2005 at George C. Marshall High School, where she received the highest scores in art and biology and earned her International Baccalaureate degree. After high school, she went on to George Mason University and graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Biological Sciences.
Amanda moved to Florida in 2016 to care for family and work in high education teaching biological science. During this time, Amanda also rediscovered her primary passion for artistic expression, creating exciting new works of art and establishing Zirzow Gallery and Rainbow Pet Paintings. Amanda is largely a self-taught artist with a unique interpretation of nature and her own style of color and composition using acrylics as her medium.
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.