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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Amanda Zirzow and Debra Crerie

Early Years

Raised in the suburbs just outside of Washington D.C., I enjoyed weekends exploring the Smithsonian museums, the National Zoo, and the outdoors. I’ve always loved drawing, painting, and sculpting and learned a lot during high school.

After graduating, my father encouraged me to pursue a career as a veterinarian. It seemed like a perfect fit with my excellent grades and love for animals. But my first passion in life has always been to paint my interpretation of animals, nature, and quite honestly anything of intrigue.

College

Earning the highest honors in art and biology, I’m proud to have graduated from George C. Marshall High School with an International Baccalaureate degree. After high school, I started my college studies in Animal and Poultry Sciences at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in Blacksburg, Virginia. Additionally, after talking with a recruiter during the orientation, I was swayed to follow in my Grandfather’s footsteps in the military and joined the Corps of Cadets.

Family

It was difficult to be away from my family for the first time and experience the demands of the Reserve Officer Training Corps and my grades suffered as a result. I fell into a depression but completed my first semester before leaving my fellow cadets in the barracks and moving to the civilian dorms.

During this time of stress, without close friends, I misguidedly sought comfort in a relationship with a man more than twice my age. I had my first child when I was 19, and when I became a mother I knew what love really was.

College Graduation

Despite having a child, I was determined to excel in my college coursework so that I could succeed in a job that would make a difference. Long hours working and studying with the help of my family allowed me to earn my bachelor’s and Master of Science degrees in Biological Sciences from George Mason University.

Teaching

After earning my Master’s degree, I went on to teach college biology and love engaging students in active learning. The key focus of the courses I’ve taught is to understand the fundamentals of life and living organisms including their physical structure, chemical processes, molecular interactions, physiological mechanisms, development, and evolution. I love discussing how we impact the environment and the changes we can make to improve the sustainability of life on Earth.

SCUBA Diving

I’ve had a number of jobs in teaching and science research labs, but one of my most exciting experiences was working as a staff aquarist at the University of Arizona’s Biosphere 2 Marine Science Lab, in Oracle, Arizona. I maintained the marine aquariums, assisted with educational outreach, and learned to SCUBA dive in the 700,000-gallon ocean within the research facility. Since moving to Florida, I’ve helped teach diving as a NAUI certified rescue diver and I love to dive recreationally.

What Matters Most

Family, Friends, and acts of kindness. Today, I am happy to be married to my best friend and partner, Mark. Between the two of us, we have two daughters and a son. We live in Fort Myers, Florida where we enjoy the sunshine, nature, and wonderful art community.

When we experienced the COVID-19 pandemic, it was a time of high anxiety. Taking care of my family and my mental health was a must. Confined at home, I had the time and calling to paint. When I realized that I could make a difference by sharing my artwork, with proceeds from the sales going to important causes, I knew this was my path.

It has always been my dream to be a professional artist, each day is a new adventure in the studio and gallery. I never knew the amount of work, time, and effort that goes into the business aspect of marketing and selling artwork, but I would not have it any other way. I want to thank you for your interest in my work.

Mission

I create unique, colorful artwork based on my personal experiences and use my background as a biologist to give the viewer an accurate depiction of the subject with an expressionist flair of color. I will be thoughtful, dedicated, and passionate to my art and I will give back to the community, support wildlife conservation efforts, and stay true to my passions while delivering world-class customer service.

Values

Community

Through volunteering, giving, and involvement I work to share myself and my art.

Vision

Color permeates every painting I create and I am constantly looking for new ideas and composition in the natural world.

Persistence

The drive to create unique, original art requires strength, patience, confidence, and risk with a never-give-up attitude.

Improvement

Paint, paint, and learn, then paint some more. Through practice and education I strive to give my very best with each new colorful creation.

Passion

Artistic expression requires full immersion into my art. I am fully dedicated to sharing my unique window into the world with everyone.

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