Amanda Banker is a mostly self-taught painter who uses the word “re-animate” to describe her oil paintings shaped by animation and redefined with classical techniques. Her childhood was filled with creating animated shorts and in contrast, she attempted to copy old works in oil. These opposite worlds eventually collided. Banker now uses numerous layers, as found in the Venetian technique, to create images with striking contrast. These contrasts can be defined by her use of animated characters, surreal and abstracted compositions, and subjects painted in figurative realism. Banker’s use of bold saturated colors is not only an abutment to contrast but is also used to further connect underlying themes. Her current influences include Hans Holbein, Amedeo Modigliani, and the ordered chaos of Jenny Seville. Interested in dramatic scenes, occult symbols, and societal concerns, Amanda’s work is always about hope and possibility. She strives to see beyond the subject itself and work at an intuitive level to create striking unique images with vision.