Sao Paulo native and newlywed Amanda Marino isn’t your typical rainy day painter.
From a young age, she began painting with her mother in their home in Brazil that overlooked the mountains. Her aunt frequently encouraged her to paint on the walls – probably where her spontaneity and creative energy comes from.
And although she frequently got in trouble in school for drawing instead of turning in her homework, her love for painting only grew.
With supportive parents, Amanda made her passion a reality, saying that success is “doing what you love and what makes you happy [and] following your dreams.”
With a focus on watercolor and nankin ink (a kind of watercolor also known as Indian-ink) as her mediums, her love of art began with black and white paintings. This set the tone for her style as she rarely strays away from neutral, cool tones. “It’s smooth and gentle and it builds slowly,” she says. “You can add more to watercolors. You can control the intensity with water.”
Her planet paintings are centered around her love for rocks and stars. In a period where she found it hard to paint, her husband would take her out to look at the stars, where she would find inspiration. Drawing from her Christian Faith, she was fascinated by the thought of how God could have created huge “space rocks” that were just floating in the middle of the universe.
She is fascinated by circles – her signature shape – because of their resemblance to eyes “ which are windows to the soul.”
Although she has her eyes to the sky, she always connects her work back to earth, through stones and animals. Her roots in Brazil play a major key in her paintings. Being raised in a home close to the mountains, Amanda felt a close connection to nature and the simplicity. She explains, “You don’t have to go deep into the woods to be inspired. You can walk into your backyard and find an ant on an anthill.”
However, after moving to America and not finding the mountains outside her window, she needed to find a new means of inspiration. She now keeps her connection through various Instagram photographers like Morgan Phillips, and ignites her imagination by taking an alien perspective on things – creating new points of view of the world – as if they were completely new ideas.
Now, she is entering a new season in her creative journey. She has no interest in pursuing another career path, but the idea of making her passion a business never intrigued her because she thought it would take the pleasure out of painting.
Growing older and realizing the need to make a living, she found that painting was all that truly made her happy, and that she would do it at her own pace. Not giving into supply and demand, Amanda creates her works of art for her personal pleasure, without stress, through Etsy – an online marketplace for unique goods – which allows her to work with ease.
Her nonchalant take on life is also reflected in her relationships, especially with her husband. When asked about any hidden talents, he’s happy to interject with, “She can eat a 16 ounce ribeye steak with sides and pull all my friends to shame!” But follows up with, “She has an eye for organization and order.”
Eventually, Marino would like to have her work featured in a museum. And hoping to become a full-time artist, she wants to build a relationship with other artists, connecting bloggers and all creative minds alike to grow a community.