Amanda originally grew up in Washington, DC. She credits her grandmother, a ceramic artist, for giving her the desire to become an artist. She remembers going to the East Wing Building of the National Gallery of Art with her and spending many hours in her Grandmother’s studio.

Amanda has a BA from The University of Pennsylvania in Design of the Environment and holds an MFA from Utah State University in Sculpture. To learn more about awards, teaching appointments, etc go to  http://www.amandawilner.com/resume.php

Amanda's current body of work is an exploration in portraiture. She was also educated at the New York Studio School, characterized by large-scale expressionism. Consequently, Amanda feels comfortable working on a very large scale. In fact, Amanda's time at the NYSS was spent creating life sized clay sculpture from the nude model. 

To achieve movement and gesture in her work, Amanda applies the paint with a large brush and palette knife, layering and scraping, creating a truly dynamic viewing experience. 

Since moving out west, the landscape has crept into her work as well as her increased desire to use paint as her medium of choice. 

"I'm not interested in rendering every detail. I'm striving to create something new. I want to create a painting that I have never seen before; to achieve a sense that the image is emerging; almost creating itself."

....“There is a sculpture-like essence to her paintings: a singularity and a completeness. It’s as if Wilner has painted the sides and the back of the piece although no one can see it.”—Michele Corriel



East Wing of the National Gallery of Art. Designed by I. M. Pei, this is the contemporary art collection of the National Gallery.


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