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Amanda Stavast

Lakewood, Colorado, United States



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About the Artist

Amanda Stavast Metcalf was born and raised in Colorado. Her desire to create from an early age led her to obtain a BFA from Colorado State University in 1999. After working in graphic design for a few years she decided to focus her creative energy into mural work and started her own company in 2001. Stavast’s murals can be found in both large-scale corporate and residential settings throughout Colorado’s Front Range and Denver Metro area. While she is still commissioned for mural work, in recent years, she has taken a deep dive into traditional paintings on canvas. The pieces she creates come from a deep emotional space. Luckily, she is not constrained to one particular style of work, and that allows her to explore her creativity boundlessly. Each style of work teaches her something about herself. A floral still life allows her to give in to her urge to be perfect. Landscapes teach her to live in the moment and convey tranquility. Conceptual work allows her to get all of the interesting and creative ideas out of her head. Abstracts force her to let go of all expectations and be free. The compilation of these themes makes Amanda the well-rounded artist she is today.

Amanda lives in the Denver Metro area with her husband and four children. She loves wearing the hats of artist, wife, mother, exercise junkie and margarita lover.


Artist Statement

Art is an emotional experience. My goal is to encourage viewers to have a visceral response to my artwork, moving them in ways they never thought possible. I do not like to be confined to only one style of art so I maintain four overall themes for my work: perfection, tranquility, creativity and liberation. These themes are a result of my life experiences and the juxtaposition of the world around us. I aim to create intrigue by giving in to my urges. Whether that is spending countless hours working meticulously on a floral still life or letting go of time and other constraints in order to create a dynamic abstract. Through art, I am able to express my feelings without judgment, and I consider that one of the best gifts I could ever receive.

Education

BFA Colorado State University 1999