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These paintings are the product of my ongoing interest in the representational tradition in American art, and portraiture in particular.
I am always working to synthesize the formal aspects of painting (composition, color and form) with the psychological complexity of the subject.
Portraits are both windows and mirrors. They speak to us across boundaries of time, geography, class, race and religion. It is my intent that my paintings succeed in telling stories about their subjects and contemporary life in a way that relates to the viewer with humor and optimism.
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Amanda McCutcheon grew up in suburban central New Jersey and rural Chester County, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College, received an MFA from Columbia University, attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She has lived in New York City, Maine and Philadelphia, and now resides on a farm in southern New Jersey where she paints and raises organic seedlings.