Once of my favorite sayings is "Put your passion to work for you." Amanda Hart has done exactly that. She's taken graffiti and covered it with beautiful murals, and it's catching on in a depressed city that is on the mend: Buffalo New York. Amanda owns Buffalo Custom Art. Please give her a 'Like' on Facebook! A genuine sweetheart and a volunteer for a number of outlets, here is an exclusive interview she happily gave.
Please tell us who you are, where you are from, and a little bit about yourself! My name is Amanda Hart and I live in the city of Buffalo. I play acoustic guitar, I sing but more than anything else I am always drawing or painting.
What piqued your interest to use paint as your medium? At first I actually started out with strictly charcoal. I was really into realistic portraits and refused to step out of the box. It surprised me when I picked up the paint brush and the style that came out was completely different than what I was used to. From that moment on I pushed myself to create my own style.
What is the earliest creation you can recall? My first vivid creation that I can remember was here in Buffalo. My Dad brought in this huge cardboard box for my sister and I and we made a spaceship out of it! From what I remember it was really detailed! We had tinfoil on it for the vents and we drew a steering wheel and made the wings! When I got out of the ship (box) I swear to you it was as if I was defying gravity. I felt like I was walking on the moon all the way to the kitchen to eat sloppy joes!
Have you ever taken any classes or training for your craft? I have had training and classes for my artwork but mostly I am self taught. Experience is always your best teacher!
What is your favorite style to create? (to create ON... like canvas, paper, etc) I love working on walls. I feel like paper and canvas is so expensive and space limiting. A Wall to me has endless possibilities and more freedom.
Do different moods prompt different mediums? (Like paint vs pencil vs charcoal or pastels?) (or colors, textures etc) Yes my artwork is VERY mood dependent, usually when I’m in a happy mood I paint, because my painting is carefree and whimsical, but when I draw it usually when I’m deep in thought about something. I call it my thinking time.
How did you get to paint on buildings?! Believe it or not I started by drawing on my bedroom wall in my parents house in Sharpie! My progressive doodling became bigger and bigger until finally I was asked if was interested in doing murals. From there it snowballed into this huge mural initiative that I am involved with now!
Do you create from experience, or inspirations from scenery that you see? Where do you draw your inspiration from? I create from a mixture of my emotions and experiences. I have had many life experiences that reflect in my art. I have lived in over 6 different states throughout my life. All the people I have met over the years inspire a lot of my pieces.
Where can people see more of your work? My mural on Clinton and Clare St in Buffalo is viewable to anyone as well as The Protocol Seascape Mural on Transit Rd. I will be participating this year in the Tonawanda St. Blitz by painting a Signal Box. I'm currently creating at Redlinski Meats. (Inset photo)
They can inquire to see my private gallery by setting up an appointment on the BCA page or contacting us at contact@BuffaloArtist.com! We also have a FB and a Website!
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Amanda has art available for sale and is available to paint murals outside of Buffalo as well. Please find her on Facebook to connect.