Growing up on a sailboat as a child, Amanda encountered sea life up close. She saw huge sea turtles, sharks, dolphins, and manatees. She enjoyed scuba diving under the boat in the clear florida water. She would catch redfish right off the beach with her father. Amanda often drew pictures of sea life as a passtime while sailing. Although Amanda has a business degree, she enjoys her artistic gift as a full time artist. Stores and galleries throughout the South carry her line. She has won awards at juried fine art shows. Although it is a challenge to keep up with demand, she still finds time to go red fishing with her family.