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Spotlight on Amanda Vella
Column-Inch Collection Artist for the month of April
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By Elsie Lynn Parini
The Essex Reporter
Like many of us, Amanda Vella commutes daily. She travels from her Burlington home to her K-2 art classrooms at Union Memorial School and Porters Point School in Colchester. On her commute, the 28-year-old graduate of Ithaca College, finds inspiration for her acrylic artwork.
“I pass by Malletts Bay and am always in awe,” Vella said of her daily drive. “I love to paint images of the lake, sailboats, country roads and even the interstate.”
Vella explains that her paintings and drawings are largely influenced by nature, color and light.
“As an elementary school art teacher, I have learned a great deal from my students, most importantly the necessity of exploration and play,” she said. “My creative process is deeply rooted there along with a strong interest in relativity. I often wonder about the abilities of color and light to change based on their placement and relationship to one another.”
Self-described as a “nature lover,” Vella’s paintings are generally landscape-based. Sometimes, she says, she’ll take photos and work from them; but on others she simply works from memory. “It depends on my mood,” she said.
Mood has a lot to do with Vella’s work. She says she is “always trying to find the right color to create a mood, and to convey those moments when the sun is shining in just the right way, or the clouds are floating in just the right space to cast the most inspiring shadows, or to create a filter of even light.”
“I guess my experience looking at the world inspires me to contribute to it creatively on canvas,” she continued. “I create art for the feeling. When I am engrossed in a picture, I lose all sense of time, responsibility, worry. I just become my simple self. It’s like I’m a kid again, playing in the dirt and exploring.
“We live in such a special place in the world. It is extraordinarily beautiful and varies from season to season. If I look at Malletts Bay this month as inspiration for a painting, it will look different, and feel different, than it will next month. The consistent change is what works for me.”
See Amanda’s work displayed at the Column-Inch Collection throughout the month of April. Drop by anytime between 9:30 a.m-5 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Essex Reporter & Colchester Sun offices at 42 Severance Green, Unit 108, Colchester.
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