Amanda Butel is an emerging artist of therapeutic abstracts.
With a background in psychology and counselling, Amanda spent several years volunteering in South East Asia supporting teenagers rescued from the sex trade. She developed a Trauma Recovery Curriculum founded in Narrative and Solution-Focused Therapy, to help reframe survivor’s stories with value, purpose and hope. While navigating the barriers of culture and language, Amanda soon realised that by incorporating art, the therapeutic processes became more engaging and effective. This set her on a path toward Art Therapy.
Amanda soon fell in love with layering colours and textures in mixed media. Finding herself rising in the early hours of the morning to innovate on canvas, she decided to develop this awakening passion.
Absorbing inspiration from the delicate beauty and drama of nature, Amanda’s objective is to have the viewer immerse themselves in a sensory experience… To feel soothed or inspired by the regenerative qualities of colour and composition.
Amanda loves the spontaneous merging of shapes and shades as the artwork creates its own story. She describes her art as Aesthetic Abstract Art — a collaboration of mood, colour, texture, design, tools, environment, atmosphere, and energy.
Her artistic mission is to create with courage, compassion, connection and contribution.
Amanda and her family are based on the Sunshine Coast; but can often be found volunteering in Asia. A percentage of profits from her art are donated toward delivering art therapy to vulnerable communities; as well as training other Mental Health Care Providers.