Amanda Richardson was born in Cornwall in 1957 and has lived there for much of her life. She left to take her degree at Goldsmiths College, London University, but her work is essentially involved with wild places and so she was drawn back to her county.
In 1986 she left Cornwall to spend ten years on San Juan Island in the Pacific Northwest of America, working from the dramatic landscapes of islands, mountains and water. Further travels have taken her north to Alaska and south as far as New Zealand.
Her work reflects a particular fascination with plants as they grow in their native environment, and rocks shaped by wind and water. Both birds and insects are included in her work as they are an integral part of her wild garden, itself a part of her working process.
Throughout her career Amanda Richardson has shown in galleries and worked to commission. Her work varies in scale from pieces suited to domestic interiors to works on a grand scale for public buildings. The first major commission was in 1979 in conjunction with the Royal School of Needlework. This was an embroidered fabric collage 9’ x 7’ to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Bath family at Longleat House. American clients include Boeing, Universities of Alaska and Washington State, BASF, Waldorf Astoria, Marriott Hotels, Hilton Hotels.
Amanda has had one-man exhibitions across America from New York to California as well as maintaining long-standing relationships with galleries with which she shows on an ongoing basis. This is also true of Britain where her art can also be seen in her working studio in the Penberth Valley, surrounded by the exuberance of her garden that provides much of the inspiration for her art.