American artist, Amanda Johnson studied art at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago before traveling to Key West in 2011 on an inspirational journey, where she discovered the rich brilliance and luminosity of the tropical sun enlivening her use of colors and inspired her turn toward impressionism and plein air painting.
Amanda Johnson established a studio and gallery in old town Key West, where she continued painting subjects ranging from flora and fauna to the resident island roosters, all of which reflect her style of impressionism, using palette knife and heavy brushwork.
The combination of exacting detail, lush texture and passionate movement is a distinguishing characteristic in Amanda’s oil paintings, invoking a feeling of subtle intrigue and powerful presence.
Amanda Johnson - Rooster Collection: It wasn’t long after arriving in Key West from Chicago in 2012 when Amanda painted her first rooster. The island is known for roosters roaming free and has become an iconic presence in the Keys; their colorful and bold personalities have been the inspiration for many artists.
Channeling local culture and historical influences, her series of roosters embodies a diverse spectrum of personality, received by an enthusiastic audience who enjoy the lightheartedness and humor as well as the timeless classical portraits.
Amanda’s rooster series has grown to include more than 50 original oil paintings, most of which are in private collections across the country.