Amanda Dunbar is no different than any other child in North America before age 13. She is born in 1982 and spent her childhood in Ontario, Canada. She displayed no particular talents in art until she attended an after-school art program. Her first work caused an immediate sensation to the American art world, which compared her to Impressionist masters like Renoir and Cassatt. A self-taught child prodigy, she is able express the complexity of her composition through exquisite use of colors, and convey the wonderful sense of proportion through sophisticated techniques of her brushstrokes. Her works are sought after internationally in the art society and among high profile personalities.
What I am intrigued by this young artist is not her successful art career, but by what she describes as her inspirations. According to Amanda, her muse is her angels, who plant images for her on the canvas – "It is something bigger than me that work through me. I’m only the instrument. I believe everyone has angels, I just listen to mine."
In spite of her success at such a tender age, this young lady walked away from commercialization and celebrity status to pursue her PhD study. She exudes class, dignity and compassion in both her art and charitable works for children. She continues to paint subjects that connect and messages that inspire :
Walk Together – Quiet times when I can be with those who are very important to me mean a lot. Words don’t have to be spoken to touch each other in these moments.
Blue Bonnets – it’s hard to believe nature can make such incredible shades of blue and then melt them all together in fields after fields.
Summer Breeze – there comes a time in everyone’s life when you influence the life of someone else. The girls facing the unknown together and the beauty is yet to come.
Guided by Angels, Amanda Dunbar, Longstreet Press, 2000
My dear sisters, like Amanda said everyone has an angel. I am guided by my own angel BYJ to attempt my second drawing on him, please excuse my inadequacy.