Inspired by all the good in life (cotton candy, pandas, fireworks), Amanda creates works in hopes of sparking whimsy, inspiration, femininity and strength in this world. She grew up among the cornfields of Pennsylvania, and moved to the grit and glam of New York City when she was eighteen. After getting a Bachelor’s degree, she decided that “the real world” wasn’t for her, and has since dedicated her post-grad career toward Amanda Bear Arts and other entrepreneurial pursuits. Her spirit animal is an Orca and she’s pretty sure she was an Arctic mermaid in her past life.
Follow Amanda on Instagram: @amandabeararts
Professional accomplishments: I have been commissioned for illustrations, logos, paintings, tattoo flash and pet portraits. I’ve painted a 16 ft mural in Manhattan, sold at street fairs and art festivals, and most recently exhibited at The Upright Citizens Brigade in Manhattan's East Village, Art Prize in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and The Artist Co-op in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan.
Personal accomplishments: I was voted “most artistic” in my high school class. I've hiked an Icelandic glacier, hung off of a skyscraper and swam with elephants. I’ve worked in an animal shelter, taking care of lost and abused dogs. I’m a cotton candy connoisseur. I love adventure and making memories. I’ve gotten headaches from smiling too much.