Farm Girl, Wife, and Mother
Amanda Griffey grew up in a small, rural Indiana town, spending most of her time on her grandparents’ farms; her mother’s parents dairy farm, and her father’s parents hog farm. She witnessed first-hand both the hardships and blessings of the farm lifestyle. However being raised in a family of faith, she saw even the hardships as blessing and a way to live out the verses Romans 5:3-5 “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”
These hardships and blessings are what inspires her art. A beautiful sunrise or sunset, the hope of harvest, a timely rain, the weathering that years of work and perservenacne create on both man and machine, and children following in their fathers footsteps carrying on the legacy and traditions of farming. Amanda brings an authenticity to her work that can only be found by someone who lives, and loves, this way of life.
Amanda currently works and resides just minutes from where she grew up, farming with her husband Thomas and his family, along with their sons Joseph and Joshua.
About the Art
Amanda’s Art journey started when she was a little girl with a passion for horses. While they didn’t have horses initially, her incessant pleading eventually prompted her grandfather to work out a deal with his horse veterinarian neighbor to house one of his ponies on his property. For this horse crazy little girl, that pony merely served as a gateway drug to years of showing and training quarter and paint horses, and drawing them when she wasn’t riding them.
Today, horses still remain a large part of her work, but her art eventually branched into the other thing she loved- farm life. Farming heritage runs deep on both sides of her family and she was fortunate to spend a considerable part of my childhood on both sets of grandparents farms. The countless hours spent playing, exploring, and eventually working right alongside them, instilled values of hard work, attention to detail, strong faith, a love for animals and caring for God’s creation, and an appreciation for the ways of old and the farming legacy that had been handed down from generation to generation.
These values and ideas are at the heart of much of her art. Children play farming and stepping into the role of the next generation to continue the legacy, the bond between a farmer and their animals, or the appreciation of an old barn or tractor that has served a farm well. It also shows up as praise to God, the master artist himself, in a beautiful sunset, sunrise, field of baled hay, golden stand of crop ready for harvest, or a fallen leaf.
Since inspiration comes from my day to day life, I am often able to snap reference photos as I simply go about my day. The thousands of photos and videos I have taken and continue to take allows me to capture scenes, colors, and ideas. This library of images allows me to work in between busy times both daily and seasonally on the farm.
As farm life can be unpredictable and I sometimes need to step away from my work at a moments notice, I work in the dry mediums of graphite, colored pencil, and pastel. These mediums also allow me to render the intimate details and nuances of farm life accurately and authentically.
Education and Accolades
2002 BS General Studies-Concentration in Fine Art, Indiana University-East, Richmond, IN
2018 Cope Environmental Center, Centerville, IN (February)
2019 Annual Exhibition, Richmond Art Museum, Richmond, IN
2017-2018 CPSA ArtSpectations Online Competition
2017 An Equine Jubilee, The Arts Castle, Delaware, OH
2016 An Equine Jubilee, The Arts Castle, Delaware OH
Annual Exhibition, Richmond Art Museum, Richmond, IN
2015 Annual Exhibition, Richmond Art Museum, Richmond, IN
2014 Annual Exhibition, Richmond Art Museum, Richmond, IN
2017-18 Honorable Mention, CPSA ArtSpectations Online Competition
Kullberg, Ann CP Hidden Treasures Volume 4, Ann Kullberg 2017, Cover, pg 3