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 experimenting. Relocating to Florida in 2016, she found inspiration in the natural beauty of South Florida and decided to pursue her passion for painting professionally.
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.