Amanda Brett

Amanda is an award-winning, internationally recognised plein air watercolour artist, with works held in collections in Italy, UK, Ireland, Canada, USA, New Zealand and Australia. 

Amanda loves watercolour painting, more than that – it’s her life!! She’s totally addicted to the chemical reactions produced by the combination of organic watercolour pigments, traditional watercolour papers and water – she loves watching paint dry!!

Based in her hometown of Auckland, New Zealand, Amanda also lives in Lucca for her annual painting residency and workshops in Italy. When in Italy, every morning she heads out into the streets of Lucca in search of new and evocative painting subjects to paint en plein air. Bicycle loaded with painting equipment pared to a minimum, an espresso and cornetto, she is then off to the next painting location.

In conjunction with her Auckland watercolour classes and workshops, Amanda also teaches week-long workshops in Italy.

Amanda says “I create paintings that are atmospheric with interesting shapes. I let colours run into each other creating a unique underpainting, telling my story through a detailed focal area. I want you to see something new every time you look at my paintings.”

Amanda enjoys painting street scenes. “I always add people and crowds to my street scenes, many artists avoid this but I find it exhilarating (frightening!) to add a minimal shape that will become a person. Watercolour is for the minimalist; less is definitely more! I love creating odd funky shapes – they still say ‘I’m a bottle or a teapot’ but nothing is straight – a long line has a kink or something to destroy it”

Sadly, due to unforeseen circumstances, Amanda will not be joining us this year.


View more of Amanda’s work at: Amanda Brett