Amanda is an artist, photographer, and seven-year Air Force Veteran originally from NYC, now living in the Maspeth neighborhood of Queens.
As an undergraduate student at Barnard College of Columbia University, Amanda majored in art history. There, she also flourished in the pursuit of her second passion, language. While in the Air Force, she learned Arabic at the prestigious Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, CA. She is fluent in and regularly studies the Spanish, Italian, and Arabic languages, and also has some conversational skill in French, Greek and Japanese. She is currently a graduate student of library and information studies at Long Island University Post, where she is specializing in Rare Books and Special Collections as well as pursuing an advanced degree in Archives Management. She has archival internship experience at the Brooklyn Museum and the Wildenstein Plattner Institute in New York City.
In 2008, Amanda had the opportunity to study abroad for the summer in Venice, Italy. Since then, she has traveled to multiple countries around the world, including Morocco, Spain, Greece, Colombia, and Iceland.
Amanda receives artistic inspiration from her cultural heritage. At the moment, she is particularly interested in the depiction of women of color in classical art tropes, as well in the exploration of traditional and popular Puerto Rican heritage and culture. She specializes in natural light portrait photography. As an avid sewer, she also makes many of the costumes and garments that her portrait subjects wear. Finally, she is also inspired by frequent travelling and travel photography.