Amanda Martinson

Amanda Martinson, a longtime resident of Texada Island, has been creating artworks of all sorts for many years. She is known for her oil and watercolour paintings. Although, exploring many subjects, her mainstay has been landscapes. Her focus is composition featuring line, form and colour in sea, sky, rocks and trees, the goal being to capture “the soul of the coast.” But not just the coast; in juxtaposition to it’s lush profundities she loves the desert-scapes of interior BC and the American Southwest.

Mentored by several Texada sculptors she is self taught sculpting the island’s colourful marbles, dolomite and flower-rock. This led to learning lapidary and basic silversmithing.

In keeping with her love of rocks she created a “Field Guide to the Rocks and Minerals of Texada Is.”, which has recently sold out. She loves to go on rockhounding field trips and has been an active member of the BC Lapidary Society, having been editor of their BC Rockhounder magazine for the last 3 years. Fortunately her husband Michael shares these interests and their home has been described as a “wizard’s house” full of natural artifacts.

As an alternative to silversmithing, Amanda explored bead embroidery to make bezels for her cabochons and has evolved to making “sculptural” jewellery pieces.

Amanda sees the potential for art in everything and likes to create and “re-create” as a natural extension of her being – it really is the essence of who she is and for her, the “art of living.”

See her works at the Artique gallery on Marine Ave in Powell River.

Website: artiquebc.ca

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