Derry born artist Amanda Walker first honed her artistic talent at the NWRC where she was greatly encouraged by her mentor Barney Mc Cormick. She travelled to London to continue her studies at Wimbledon School of Art before completing her degree in fine art at Bath College in 1995.
Amanda spent some time painting in a studio in Macclesfield before returning to Derry. Here she worked as an illustrator for a local publishing company followed by a brief period in ceramics. Alongside her painting Amanda presently volunteers with a local mental health charity. Amanda is the eldest daughter of a very supportive family. She is determined and not easily influenced by others. She values and practices being non judgemental and this is reflected in her work, where she facilitates her audience to go on their own personal journey.
Amanda is drawn into art, and although influenced by many artists, she sites Richard Livingstone,modernists Picasso, Miro, Kadinsky, and Calder, and surrealist Salvador Dali as being particularly significant. Machines and Dreams is Amanda's first solo exhibition in her home City, Derry, and her work for this show was heavily influenced by Jean Tinguely and Rebecca Horn.