My illustration work is heavily inspired by nature: animals, plants, and natural landscapes. I'm interested in the intersection of organic and man-made forms and much of my illustration work explores the relationship between mankind and nature. Most of my work also includes animals and I strive to tell stories with these creatures by giving them character with a whimsical and playful approach. I like to play with strong bold lines of ink, with a more ethereal approach to color and enjoy the contrast the two mediums provide to each other. My overall goal as an artist is to instill a sense of wonder towards the natural world and encourage the viewer to appreciate and preserve nature for future generations. For this piece, the Kirtland's Warbler, I wanted to bring attention to one of Michigan's endangered songbirds, the Kirtland’s Warbler. The species had become endangered due to the destruction of its natural habitat of young jack pine forests. The Kirtland's Warbler is particularly choosy about its habitat: it nests only in stands of young jack pines from 5-25 feet tall. Over the last few decades conservation efforts have allowed the species to make strides and increase their population, but is still in need of protection. To learn more about my work, please visit: amandadine.com
Amanda's ArtPrize Entries
These are Amanda's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.