After a long, not-so-illustrious career in advertising, Amanda left her love/hate relationship in marketing, and enrolled in art school at The Portfolio Center in Atlanta, GA. She studied intensely and thrived. Mid-way through the rigorous Masters-equivalent program, her talents were recognized when she was awarded "Best in Show" for a ceiling installation piece. Upon graduation, her former fabulous employer Goodby, Silverstein & Partners in San Francisco re-hired her as a Designer/Art Director. Soon after, circumstances swiftly took her to Los Angeles and she began yet another path in search of her true calling. Eventually she discovered a novel idea - the art of pressed flowers + graphic design. For nearly 10 years, McCauley has been practicing this art form, pushing the boundaries of her craft, innovating technique and style. And as she frequently jokes, "Like a good Perrenial, I'm still going strong." McCauley deconstructs flowers, leaves and other natural materials and positions them in large presses to shape, and dry. The petals are collapsed into flat planes; a singular dimension, and then re-mounted in layer upon layer, sometimes using chalk paint, gold leafing techniques and fabric with the petals for a collaging effect. The elements are re-imagined them into graphic works of art. She describes her work as botanical collage – offering a fresh, new, and contemporary look for this typical, conventional art form. Her works are in private collections in Virginia, Washington, California, and New York. McCauley currently lives and works in New York, Los Angeles, and Lopez Island.
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