Life has handed Amanda Luck Baltzell the opportunity to marry her greatest passions by capturing her love of portrait and wildlife through the eye of a lens, then bringing it to life in her talents as an artist. Each piece of art is used as a learning opportunity to work on her appreciation of colors and textures. Special attention is taken to try and capture the spirit and personality of the subject.
Each pastel painting starts with the eyes, “Because they put the life in the painting”. She starts with a pencil sketch of the eyes, then finishes them by blocking in the colors and moves out from there. Details are finished as she moves throughout the painting. Each animal/portrait comes to life through her finger-blending method that she says blends colors and softens hard edges.
Amanda is honored to have won many awards for her paintings. Some of these include Peoples Choice and Judges Choice awards in national juried shows. In 2005, she received a 5th place award in the Pastel Journal’s 7th Annual Pastel 100 Competition, Animal and Wildlife Category. She was included in their Best Art of 2005 issue. She has also had the opportunity to paint commissions for some of the Seattle Seahawks. Go Hawks!
She has also been in numerous shows including National Western and Wildlife Art Show and Auction in Ellensburg, WA.
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