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Miss Amanda Lee: What I Paint, I Am

by Gary Schwind (writer), Laguna Niguel, August 13, 2008

At her San Clemente studio, artist Miss Amanda Lee discusses her artwork, her inspiration, and the importance of love and magic.


After seeing her paintings at the BeachFire Bar and Grill in San Clemente, I contacted Miss Amanda Lee about a feature. At her San Clemente studio, she discussed her artwork, her inspiration, and the importance of love and magic.

How long have you been painting?

Pretty much all my life. My business has been serious for the last four years.

What was it that made you want to get started?

Painting is my passion. I find ultimate happiness when I am brush-to-canvas. I feel set free when I’m painting. I can be anywhere I want. If I wanted to be in a winter wonderland, I paint that. If I feel tropical, I’m going to paint girls in bikinis. This is at my core. Some days, it’s sweeter. Some days it’s a little more simplistic. Every day I’m painting. Every day.

You have to make it a part of you.

Not make it. That’s just what it is. I feel it.

Was there any artist that inspired you to start painting?

Honestly, no. I wish I could say yes, but it’s something I’ve always done. I’ve always sketched and painted. I have something going here and once people started offering to buy my artwork, I was like, “OK, I can do this.” This is just Miss Amanda Lee originals. I have an idea that I want to do something of my own, what I feel.

As an artist, that’s what you have to do. You’ve kind of touched on this a little bit, but describe your style for someone who has never seen your paintings.

It’s original. It’s brilliant, bright, beautiful. It’s fun. It’s sweet, sexy. It’s from little girls to young girls to women to men. I have all different types of people buying my artwork. I paint greeting cards, surfboards, earrings. I’ll paint anything. I’ll airbrush you. I have my sister who gives me support. I trust God.

What inspires you?

Love. That’s everything. It’s true. I love my friends, my family, myself. Only love is real. My intent is to bring joy to people and help them heal in certain ways. Art is healing. You see it in people. They put it in the kitchen, or their restroom. I have people e-mailing me, thanking me for the sunshine I brought. That’s the intent.

It’s good to know you’re reaching someone. You say you believe in magic. What part does magic play in your art and why should someone believe in magic?

Glitter is magic. Magic is manifestation. What you think is what you are. My art is…what I am painting, I am. Magic is strictly manifestation. You can really tap into that and be anywhere you want to be. It’s purification through trying your best to healthy. I go on my walks every morning for clarity. I live in San Clemente. There are lots of good people here. I’m at my own level of where I want to be. Power to the positive. We all get sad, but I don’t have time for that. I just don’t. I try to help people heal. I ask, “Who are you? What do you like to do?” If I have a good connection, I invite them to come to my studio and hang out. Let’s be happy.

Ultimately, where do you see your art taking you?

To my castle. To a very successful business, from my paintings to my greeting cards, my accessories, T-shirts. I see Miss Amanda Lee everywhere. I just have to make sure I have everything lined up with copyrights, licensing and all of that. I’m on it. I want to protect myself and my artwork. The journey is very exciting.

Even the legal aspect of it?

I think so. I think everything has to be. Money is a tool, and how do we spend our money? I spend my money on my art and protecting my artwork. I’m a wise woman.

About the Writer

Gary Schwind is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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