I'm Amanda, an illustrator and designer living in the hills of Connecticut. I am inspired by the my lively New England backyard, with densely forested trees that are home to a variety of creatures. Each season provides a host of new surprises that I am lucky to watch out of my studio window. I moved to Georgia for many years to pursue a degree in illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design and found myself missing home. But the change in scenery gave me time to explore my new backyard, a new region of flora and fauna at my finger tips. It was then that I realized how unique and resilient the natural world truly is, capable of adapting to the harshest climates but susceptible to the madness of mankind.
After living in Connecticut, Georgia, and the south of France, I wanted to take more time exploring the natural diversity of the world and how human error can alter species and effect biodiversity. I spend a great deal of my time researching and looking for reference photos, or exploring the natural world to take my own. I have more ideas than I can ever hope to bring to life on paper.
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Prints of my work are currently available in my Etsy shop and for sale locally at the Collinsville Artisan Co-Op, located in historic Collinsville, CT and at the Farmington Valley Arts Center in Avon, CT.
I also travel locally to shows, craft fairs, art shows and more. Check the schedule below!
January 28, 11-4pm 3rd Sunday Pop-Up Market | Whiting Mills | Winsted, CT
February 9, 12-4pm Pop-Up Market at Upson Market Place | Art Gallery at the Mill | Unionville, CT
February 17, 11-4pm 3rd Sunday Pop-Up Market | Whiting Mills | Winsted, CT
March 17, 11-4pm 3rd Sunday Pop-Up Market | Whiting Mills | Winsted, CT
March 23, 12-4pm Pop-Up Market at Scene Art Bar | Art Gallery At Mill | Unionville, CT
April 6, 3-7pm Hop Into Spring Fest | The Velvet Mill | Stonington, CT
April 27-28, 11-5pm Spring Open Studio | Whiting Mills | Winsted, CT
May 4•, 10-4pm Mother of Markets | Elm Ridge Park | Rocky Hill, CT (•rain date May 5)
May 11, 11-4pm OnTrend Spring Market | Hadley Farms Meeting House | Hadley, MA
June 2, 10-4:30pm Birds of Prey Day | Green Chimneys | Brewster, NY
July 20, 10-5pm Compassionfest | 1253 Whitney Ave. | Hamden, CT
August 3, 10-5pm Sharon Arts on the Green | Sharon Town Green | Sharon, CT
August 25, 10-4pm Wadsworth Open Air Market | Wadsworth Mansion | Middletown, CT
September 15-16, 10-9pm The Big Eastern States Exposition | The Connecticut Building | West Springfield, MA
September 22, 1-5pm Pop Up! West Elm | West Elm | West Hartford, CT
September 28, 11-5pm White Memorial Family Nature Day | White Memorial Conservation Center | Litchfield, CT
October 5, 10-4pm Old Wethersfield Arts & Crafts Fair | Cover Park | Wethersfield, CT click HERE for coupon!
October 12, 10-4pm Harvest Festival | Heirloom Market at Comstock Ferre | Wethersfield, CT
October 13, 10-4pm OnTrend Fall Market | Hadley Farms Meeting House | Hadley, MA
November 2, 10-5pm Blaze Vintage Market | Blaze & Bloom Vintage | West Hartford, CT
November 15, 5-8pm Candlelight | Farmington Valley Arts Center, Studio 8B | Avon, CT
November 16 - 17, 10-5pm Hartford Open Studios | Farmington Valley Arts Center, Studio 8B | Avon, CT
November 25, 12-4pm Holiday Craft Fair | Roaring Brook Nature Center | Canton, CT
November 30, 10-4pm Local Love Market | Windsor Arts Center | Windsor, CT
December 6, 5:30-8:30pm Holiday Maker’s Market | New Britain Museum of American Art | New Britain, CT
December 8, 10-5pm Wadsworth Holiday Gift Show | Wadsworth Mansion | Middletown, CT
December 21, 10-4pm Local Love Market | Windsor Arts Center | Windsor, CT
Come visit me!
I’m currently working out of studio 8B as part of my residency at the Farmington Valley Arts Center in Avon, CT. I split my time between here and my home office, if you’re interested in visiting me shoot me a message or an email before you head over.
I always have my full supply of cards, prints, towels and framed art for sale! Or stop by just to see what I’m working on.
Patterns in Nature Exhibition, SCAD, Third Place Award, Seven Spotted Lady Beetle
Meet the Beetles!, Art.Science.Gallery, Austin, TX
Harwinton Public Library Juror's Award for, To Live Without Fear
Featured in SCAD Illustration Anthology
Group Show, Illustration Open Studio, Lacoste, France
Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Annual Juried Art Exhibit, Glenside, PA
Scientific Illustration Exhibition, SCAD, Savannah, GA
Drawing Works Exhibition, SCAD, Savannah, GA
Foundations Honors Show, SCAD, Savannah, GA
Featured on TheyDrawandTravel.com
Shows and Recognition:
Published in Along the Atlantic: A Coloring Anthology
Selected for FVAC Artist in Residency Program, Avon, CT
Mass Migrations, GNSI New England, Massasoit Community College, Canton, MA
Mass Migrations, GNSI New England, Lakeville, MA
Published in Hatchlings: A Coloring Anthology
Creative Quarterly 51, Runner-up
Selected as curated artist on CT Art List
Scientific Illustration, FE Gallery, Sacramento, CA
Featured Artist, Coroflot.com for the Bird Alphabet project
Alexander Ink Gallery Show, Alexander Gallery, Savannah, GA
Featured in SCAD Illustration Anthology
Illustration Expo, SCAD, Savannah, GA
Port City Review Exhibition of Selected Artwork, Alexander Gallery, Savannah, GA
Snuggle Bunnies, honorable mention award in Port City Review, Savannah, GA
The Bees and the Flowers, featured in Port City Review
All works ©Amanda Surveski
Please do not reproduce any of the images without the expressed written consent of Amanda Surveski.