Amanda's lively work reflects the characters and stories manifest in her subject. Her current focus is on trees, with an emphasis on arboreal interaction with their surroundings and with people. Her exquisitely detailed pen and ink style is reminiscent of classic fairy tale illustrations, with a counterpoint of modern realism.
For all their passing resemblance to beech, hornbeam are decidedly more subtle. Autumn demonstrates this vividly – if these were beech trees, they would be dancing a tango in the vivid red of their last-fling-foliage. But hornbean lean and smile and dance a slow dance together, dressed in an unexpectedly tasteful combination of apricot and lime.