a)My name is Amanda Michelle Smith and I’m an artist in the San Francisco Bay Area.
q)How did you get into art?
a)I’ve just always done it. Going to college I had to choose a career and couldn’t think about doing anything else.
q) Who has been the biggest influence on you?
a)My husband Casey Jex Smith, also Indian and Persian Miniature painting.
q) Do you rule by any tendency in your creative work, or you only follow what comes in your mind?
a)I try to be true to myself, so usually I’ll get an idea and think it over for weeks before actually executing it in painting.
a)Surprisingly, I don’t think my environment has much to do with my aesthetic, but more to do with my subject matter. My pieces are metaphors for life experiences.
q) Tell us about your studio space. Where do you work? Do you listen to certain types of music while working?
a)I have a studio at San Jose State University. It’s big and wonderful with a whole wall of windows. I love music. I listen to music most of the time in my studio. Sometimes, I also watch movies.
q) Who are your favorite artists?
a)Casey Jex Smith, The Atlas Group, Clare Rojas, Jeff Eisenberg, Amy Cutler, Chris Duncan, Misako Inaoka, Kathryn Spence, Marcel Dzama, Henry Darger, Margaret Kilgallen, and Indian and Persian Miniature Paintings.
q) What projects mean a lot to you at the moment?