Amanda Lynne, Oil & Pastel Artist
Art is supposed to be simple and uncomplicated. What I have found is that art should tell stories in the simplest ways. I am inspired by simpler times when we lived our day-to-day lives surviving. The West and Texas have always romanced me since I was a kid. What I have found in my pursuit of this relationship is how hard yet uncomplicated life is. How complicated have we made life!? I am probably the most complicated person, wife, mother of three, Christian, nurse, hockey-mom, dance-mom, homesteader...and artist. My art is to tell my story in the simplest of ways...through bright colors and simple compositions.
As a kid, Amanda was in her own world most of the time. She rarely completed assignments and tests on time due to her excessive doodling. Her teachers were worried about her and suggested art classes. She enrolled with Betsy Miller, one of Friendswood's fine art teachers. There, she would spend the next 10 years studying pastels under Miller. Amanda was accepted into The School of Performing and Visual Arts’ art and dance program; unfortunately, transportation was an issue, and she was unable to attend. She would often find herself bored with high school art since she had to start in Art I, but thankfully, Jan Nimitz recognized her boredom and challenged her.
During her school-age years, she competed in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Student Art Competition. She won several first place ribbons, four Best of Shows, and earned a scholarship to study art for 3 weeks. Her summer art intensive program was guided by Jay Hester and Garland Weeks. There, she learned oils and sculpting.
She then graduated and went on to Texas A&M to study Animal Science. Her love for agriculture grew as she participated more and more with the Houston Rodeo. During her stay there, she met her wonderful husband, Brandon Dominguez. They married and moved to Hondo, Texas. She found that she loved helping people in rural areas and decided to go to nursing school at UT-HSC San Antonio. While in school, she held pastel classes for kids in Hondo to expose them to the arts. She and her husband then moved to Bryan-College Station in 2010 after the birth of their son Luke. Soon after, their daughter Emma was born. Painting has taken a back seat in Dominguez’s life as she is a busy mother and nurse, but through the constant encouragement of her husband and support from her friends and family, she is working on her art even more. In 2014 Dominguez and her husband welcomed their third child, Abigail.
Amanda draws her inspiration from music, small town and cowboy life, and southwestern works. She does portraits and works mostly in pastels and oils. Her style and compositions are constantly changing as she continues to grow into the artist that she wants to be.