AMANDA TROUGHT - Mixed Media Artist
Welcome to my website, I hope you find something to inspire and encourage you in your creative journey. I am a 6 times Award winning mixed media artist, winning the NIFCA Professional Artist Silver Award and three Bronze Awards 2016 & 2017 and at the Central Bank Crop Over Visual Arts - Best in Show and Incentive Award in Barbados 2018. It has been amazing to have my work seen not only in London, Barbados, Montserrat and more recently in the US Virgin Islands.
I created Realityarts - which I am known by as well online as a way to bring together all the things that I love to do. I blog, created a podcast and for the past 7 years have been also teaching my art courses online.
I love creating and using texture, color and a variety of mediums within my work. Art can have a healing effect on our health and well-being and my interests also lie in the use of art across the disciplines and how we can use it for creative expression. I have worked within the health, community and corporate setting, I have exhibited and given talks in the UK, Barbados and Montserrat in both solo and group shows.
Teaching and Courses
I have my own online art school and have been invited over the years to teach on several art and art journaling courses (some of which include) - 'Get Messy Art', 'Badass Art Journal', 'Creative Jumpstart', Life Book 2021 and many more. I am happiest in my studio space. When I am not working on an exhibition, I create and play with those things that spark ideas always looking for ways in which I can enhance the creative process. I look for ways in which we can bring together unusual materials within my creative process. I alter, change, make new and I have more recently been working with fabric and clay create sculpture pieces, natural fibers and wood.
I have been an artist for many years, whilst combining different career paths in the public sector, design, education and health. I received my BSc (Hons) in Complementary Therapies, specializing in holistic massage and nutrition therapy. I run an Art YouTube Channel sharing art tutorial, art journals and more. I also run a Gardening Channel sharing my excitement at creating a tropical food forest, looking at the nutritional and medicinal benefits of plants, and ways to use the plants in eco dyeing and textile work.
Here is a selection of my Textile Wall Hangings They won an Incentive Award at the Queens Park Gallery, Bridgetown, Barbados