Hello and thank you for visiting My Small Paintings.
My name is Amanda Mears and I am a British artist living in Los Angeles.
In many ways I am an accidental miniaturist. I began painting small simply because I wanted a painting kit that would fit into a tiny backpack. Also my beloved dog had a short attention span so it was a challenge to loiter too long in any one place! I experimented with various sizes of paintings but settled on 2 x 3 inches because it is small enough that it forces me to distill the scene to its essence, but big enough to allow me to include details of the shapes and patterns of light that draw me emotionally into a space. Now I am in love with painting miniatures and fascinated by tiny art in general. (Check out my Pinterest page for lots of great tiny art.) As I make these little paintings, I feel as if I am creating a tiny world. When they are matted and framed they are like miniature dioramas that draw you into an intimate encounter with a lovely space.
I am primarily a studio-based painter and printmaker but my creative process begins with going out into nature with my sketchbook and watercolours. All my work is landscape-inspired and so in my outdoor painting sessions I am always looking for places that embody that sense of an invitation that all great landscape paintings share. They seem to be saying ‘imagine yourself here’ as they seduce the viewer into an imaginative relationship with a particular place.
I began my creative life as a filmmaker but my dream was always to be an artist. One day it dawned on me ‘if not now then when?’ so I left my job and enrolled at a traditional Atelier art school. Eight years later I have a studio practice, I teach painting, I sell regularly and my work has been in shows in LA, New York and London. It’s been an amazing journey for which I am profoundly grateful. It has been like shaking hands with myself. My small paintings have been at the centre of that journey: I went from being terrified of painting in public to selling work out of my sketchbook to passersby and now to a growing number of private collectors. These plein air paintings are about joy and, as I always say to everyone who will listen, ‘Don’t Postpone Joy!’
These small paintings are intimately connected to my larger work in many ways but especially as a declaration of my interest in the tradition of landscape painting. You can see my larger work on my personal website amandamears.com.
Thanks for visiting! Your comments and questions are always appreciated.