Today we’d like to introduce you to Amanda Saint Claire.
Amanda, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Art was not a part of my life as a child but I spent a lot of time alone in the woods with my dog escaping a stressful home environment and I developed a very strong imagination that is evident in my art work today. I started in the arts in my 40’s after a brief but serious illness that left me unable to return to my work as an attorney and I honestly could not have predicted the ease with which I would put on this new identity. It was truly a homecoming for me that I’m grateful for each day.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I am driven in my work to produce pieces that are visually engaging using texture and color in creative ways. I love introducing elements of humor and whimsy but I’m also not afraid to deal with bigger philosophical and societal issues in my work. Sometimes however, my goal is to just create a respite for myself and others from the cruelties of life. My work is rooted in gratitude and as a result I generally couple my art shows with fundraisers for families in need, arts programs, or social justice work.
Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
This is very a difficult issue for artists as the costs involved to both make and promote yourself as an artist are staggering. I would advise finding a source of income outside of your passion so you can keep your art free of commercial concerns. For those starting off I’d recommend getting a training in a skill that will be helpful in a creative field- this could be in curation or business accounting. Play to all your talents.
I came to the arts as a second career so I had some outside income but now that that is gone, I’m now applying to pursue a Master’s in Expressive Arts Therapy at the European Graduate School in Switzerland and Expressive Arts Institute in San Diego. Having an outside outlet for employment related to the arts is ideal and using art as a healing modality speaks directly to my WHY as an artist. Be as creative in finding a career as you are in your art practice and it will just flow together.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I’m very fortunate to have so many opportunities to share my work. My work is on display at the Martha Pace Swift Gallery in Liberty Station, SD until the end of June. I have a small solo show opening on May 3- June 15 with a reception on May 11 from 6-8 pm at the Encinitas Civic Center. I also have several pieces at the Jazzercise Headquarters in Carlsbad, CA as a part of an art lease program. Additionally, my work is available for purchase at Faust Gallery in Santé Fe, NM and they will be showcasing my work at a reception on July 27, 2018. I’ll also be showing work in the Art Santé Fe Spectrum Art Show with Bay Area gallery owner Jenn Tough’s Opus Collective July 12-15, 2018.
My work is viewable on my website at www.amandasaintclaire.com and in my Instagram feed and I donate 30 percent of all work that I sell directly to support nonprofit activities that support social justice, education, and the families of fire fighters, military, and police officers in need.
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