I am so grateful to have been raised in the beautiful town of Fairhope, Alabama. I was born with the desire to create, but living in a town of artists and patrons of the arts, definitely further encouraged and ignited my passion. I graduated from The University of Alabama in 2011 with a degree in Studio Art with a concentration in painting. Following my graduation, I studied for a year in the graduate painting program at The Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta. I live in Birmingham with my husband Matthew.
I work in oils and paint on canvas or wood panel. I work most often in an abstract expressionistic style. I let paint be paint. Experimentation plays an instrumental role in my work. I rely on intentional and intuitive mark making to create my paintings. I’m constantly discovering new color combinations. Each color has a personality and I enjoy encouraging them to interact. I let what exists on a canvas dictate whats to come. Being open to any end result allows my work to evolve.
“Spitfire. Powerhouse. Firecracker. These are all words that come to mind when you meet artist Amanda Petro. To think anything less would be to underestimate the amount of talent and grit she has in her tiny frame.”— Birmingham Home & Garden Magazine