Amanda Jorgenson is really good at painting animals. And I mean really, really good. Birds, insects, sea creatures, hedgehogs, squirrels-she bring them all to life. She also has a knack for enhancing magazines in a way that completely delights me. When we met up in person last month at Discovery Park it was no surprise that Amanda is fun, and hilarious, and totally up for trying anything. In addition to making beautiful photographs, we discovered all sorts of odd similarities. She’s half Swiss, and I lived in Switzerland for four years. Her little sister is named Emily and my older sister is named Amanda. Small connections like that never fail to make it seem like the universe is weaving life together with a certain amount of very deliberate magic.
SIX QUESTIONS FOR AMANDA
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Ornithologist. I fell in love with birds in fifth grade because my teacher taught a whole segment on them. They are the focal point of a good deal of my illustrations.
Do you consider yourself an introvert, and extrovert, or somewhere in between the two?
An extrovert to a fault. I have always enjoyed meeting new people and getting to know where they come from, their experiences and otherwise. Before I turned to illustration full-time, I was a German instructor, which gave me opportunities to meet many people in different stages in their lives. That’s what I miss when drawing/illustrating: it’s mostly a solitary endeavor.
What are your top three Seattle area restaurants?
Do you have a favorite book?
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson has been a long-time favorite, which I have read at least 20+ times.
What was the last book you read? Did you like it?
Lady Cop Makes Trouble by Amy Stewart. I cancelled all my plans and finished it in a day. It was necessary.
Thank you so much Amanda, for being a part of Post Art Northwest!
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