Amanda Krauss has been drawing and painting her entire life and birding almost as long. Thanks to her third grade teacher she developed an early passion for birds and combined that with her love for the sciences in her artwork. Her artistic inspiration continues to come from this fascination.
She relocated to the Peninsula in 2008 from Sonoma, California, where she grew up loving the beautiful surroundings of the Sonoma Valley and the variety of species of birds found there. She graduated from the University of California at Davis where she studied both art studio and avian sciences. She has worked for The Nature Conservancy, the University of California at Berkeley, and Point Reyes Bird Observatory observing birds in oak woodlands near vineyards throughout the Sonoma County.
Birds carry significant meaning in many cultures around the world and create a different story for each person. In her work she portrays the sensitive life and character of the individual bird. She hopes these works help preserve and raise curiosity about the preservation of birds and the natural world. She became involved in Sonoma’s first Christmas Bird Count in 2004 and continues to be a leader to help increase the awareness of birds. She currently works for Sempervirens Fund. Her work can be found in many private collections worldwide.
To see more: her artwork is featured in the coffee table book Room to Breathe, she is quoted in National Audubon Magazine Nov/Dec 12; and on YouTube she is interviewed in a 30 minute episode by SVOSTalkArt. As seen in the HGTV Dream Home 2009 Sonoma.
December, Saratoga Libaray. Saratoga, CA.
December, 66th Annual Winter Holiday Open House & Craft Fair. Hanna Boys Center, Sonoma, CA.
December, A Christmas Market Craft Fair. Faith Lutheran Church, Sonoma, CA.
November, Shop for a Cause Holiday Boutique. Willow Glen, San Jose, CA.
September, Nature and Optics Festival. Sonoma Barracks, Sonoma, CA.