Featured Artist Amanda Bielby

Montana artist Amanda Bielby fulfilled her dream of becoming an artist through learning techniques in the building trades. See her website for more of her work.

 

Abstract upcycled and mixed media image by Amanda Bielby

“Sitting on The Bank” Mixed Media, 57” x 42” x 1.25”

 

Some would say that I was fooled at a young age by my athletic ability, a talent for fine detail and a learning disability that pulled me from school, steering me towards the building trades at a young age. I learned how to use a trowel, handle a paintbrush and finish a piece of wood.

 

abstract Upcycled and mixed media image of trees and sky by Amanda Bielby

“Waiting for Loren’s Meadow” Mixed Media, 12” x 9” x 1.25”

 

I saw art in everything, like wooden boards, or the swirls of trowel marks on a cement floor. Throughout the workday, I daydreamed of how I could incorporate what I was experiencing into a work of art.

 

Abstract upcycled and mixed media image of a lake by Amanda Bielby

“There Is A Lake” Mixed Media, 8” x 6” x .5”

 

My artistic sensibility responded to house painting, especially when I discovered faux painting. I was on cloud nine and felt I had found my dream job.

 

Abstract upcycled mixed media image of grasses and sky by Amanda Bielby

“A Piece of Loren’s Meadow” Mixed Media, 14” x 11.75” x 1.25”

 

I opened Amanda Paints LLC, and found myself doing some of the most exciting jobs in Missoula, Montana. I was restoring the ornamental painting in Missoula’s historic buildings. Completely swept away, I was hard at work. I canceled family weekends to meet deadlines. I concealed my developing arthritis through my back and shoulders, and consequently became grouchy due to the pain. My ability to think was fuzzy, and I started to suffer from panic attacks. My body was weakening.

 

“The Front” Mixed Media, 40” x 30” x 1.25”

 

Then I looked around, and saw that people I loved and admired in the trades were suffering as well from lung conditions, brain injuries, bad backs and other medical issues. I felt cornered.

 

Mixed media painting with sage and a bumblebee by Amanda Bielby

“Bumblebees Come With Sage” Mixed Media, 15” x 15” x 1.25”

 

Hope! I saw my childhood dream staring me in the face. Everything I needed was there, and I didn’t even have to buy an artist’s brush. I quit calling my paint shop a shop and started calling it a studio.

 

Abstract upcycled mixed media landscape image by Amanda Bielby

“In The Willows” Mixed Media, 12” x 12” x 1.25”

 

I believe craftsmen in the building trades develop and practice their own fine art. Due to always facing competition for contracts, we tend to forfeit our bodies and personal lives to get the job done. My art is my way of escaping that same fate. Yet, I still fulfill my passion for dirty hands and fine detail.

 

Abstract upcycled mixed media image of a lake and shore by Amanda Bielby

“On The Lake” Mixed Media, 40” x 29.5” x 1.25”

 

I love to create abstract impressionistic images. My inspiration emerges from the mountains, valleys and rivers of Montana. I try to express the moments and the existence of life and the seasons. These abstracts reflect the rocks of our rivers, the grain of wood, and layers of paint from my years spent in the building trades.

 

 

Abstract impressionistic images of fish on two panels by Amanda Bielby

“Splashing Brook” Mixed Media, 24” x 12” x 1.25”

 

My background has motivated me to incorporate bits of building materials which would otherwise end up in the landfill. I fell in love with historic paint and plaster techniques that are usually used in a cathedral-like setting. I twist them around, add some modern mixes, and place them on some kind of portable substrate. This gives my collectors an opportunity to have a piece of the cathedral to add to their home or business.

 

Abstract upcycled mixed media image by Amanda Bielby

“The Missoulian” Mixed Media, 8” x 8” x .5”

 

Who would have thought that the very career that pulled me away from my dreams and pinned me down actually enabled me to go back to my life long dream of being an established artist?

 

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  1. Congratulations to you Amanda good luck in your best ever!!!!

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