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Amanda’s inspiring art journey

Amanda has been an employee at Orana’s Netley Business Services, working in the mail-out area, for over 10 years. Amanda enjoys working at Orana and has gained more confidence since being here. She enjoyed the recent 70th birthday celebration and seeing how far Orana has come over the 70 years.

In her spare time, Amanda loves to draw and paint and practices a few times each week. She absolutely loves art! “Art makes me feel relaxed, happy and helps to calm me down when I am anxious” Amanda said. For the past year, Amanda has been selling her artwork on Redbubble. Redbubble is a global online marketplace for print-on-demand products based on user-submitted artwork. Artists open a Redbubble shop and upload designs. Customers find designs they love on a product they want, then artists get paid and the customer gets something unique. There is a huge product range to choose from: clothes, stickers, masks, phone cases, wall art etc. Amanda said, “I have sold some items on there and I get really excited when I make a sale!”

Q&A with Amanda

How long have you been drawing?

“I have been drawing my whole life. Five years ago I really started getting into it”.

Where did you learn to draw?

“I am mostly self-taught. I attended some art classes at Hamilton Secondary College too”.

What is your favourite thing to draw?

“I love drawing animals, fish specifically. I have four fish tanks at home and two ponds with seventy-three fish in total, mostly goldfish and tropical fish too!”

Where do you get your inspiration from?

“From animals, a game called Neopets and other online games I play”.

How long does it take you to draw one piece of art?

“On average two hours to draw and colour, depending on the detail”.

Anything else interesting you’d like to share about your artwork?

“I recently took part in a 30-day sketchbook challenge I found online. It is a commitment to draw in your sketchbook for 30 days in a row. Whether you draw for 30 seconds, 30 minutes or even several hours, it didn’t matter. When the challenge began they sent you 30 different prompts to get you sketching – a different one each day. And that is the challenge! It was fun and you can see some of my sketches in the photos below”.

“I also started canvas painting during January this year. I felt like trying something new and I have been enjoying it so far. Playing with different methods of colour blending and techniques using acrylic paint. You can see the first canvas painting I did is the picture of the elephant”.


Please have a look at some of Amanda’s artwork that she shared with us below.

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