Amanda Brodie Stenlund

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“Don’t try to paint good landscapes. Try to paint canvases that show how interesting landscape looks to you—your pleasure in the thing.” Painter and teacher Robert Henri said that around 1920, and it gives me focus when I’m choosing my subjects and when I’m executing a painting. My pleasure comes from arranging the balance and contrast of shape, color, negative space, line. It’s a puzzle putting all those elements together. I spend time along the shores (and streets) of both Chicago and South Carolina, and I like to find ways to picture the moods of these places by looking at their landscapes, their people, their stuff, all their bits and pieces.