Amanda started writing  at age ten. In college, she studied creative writing, French and English. She prioritized her time off from a busy sales career for writing workshops in Scotland, Spain, New Hampshire, and Colorado. 

In 2009 Amanda started writing  her first novel, Finding Moksha: One Woman’s Path in Uncertain Times . She set a goal to spread the message of this novel to the world. While preparing the publication in 2021, she re-birthed her blog now called The Creating Room to inspire others feel a sense of belonging in the creative process. 

Amanda received a scholarship to attend an introductory Saturday pre-college art course at Carnegie Mellon University. In 2021 she traveled on scholarship to Rome Art Program for the month of July. Finding her inspiration in nature and her international travels, Amanda paints in oil, acrylics with mixed media and watercolors.


Represented by Mona Youssef Gallery, Amanda is exhibiting three paintings at Art Shopping - International Contemporary Art Fair in Paris, Carrousel du Louvre, October 21-23, 2022. Amanda paints with a free expressionist style with no attachment to the outcome, enjoying the process as it comes. She has a passion for painting, following her curiosity of using new techniques to learn where each process will take her. Amanda is excited about sharing her creative works and learning from others.


She has spoken locally and at virtual events for InterNations locations in Asia and Europe about the creative process and nurturing one's inner beauty. She is enthusiastic about helping others find their own inner peace, self-compassion and sense of belonging.