A naturally beautiful young woman, Amanda seemed to look just like me: cute clothes, hair styled, and well-applied make up. I gravitated towards her immediately. Unfortunately, it took two and a half years to actually have a class with her, though I quickly learned of her work despite the separation.
Dark, disturbing, psychologically mind-effing brilliant...none of these words do her paintings justice. Not only does Chervinko paint like a watercolor master, but her concepts contain so much thought and require a bit investigation that the finished piece is simply perfection. For example, these avocados are not just food, but also
And yes, I did say watercolor. I lusted over her velvety application of paint, while mine always looked dull and chalky. Her attention to detail required many hours of painting, adding one layer at a time, and often laying down washes of pigment I scoffed at. Hot pinks and lime greens, teal blues and warm purples, all in her underpainting. I literally thought she was nuts the first time I watched her paint. But her pieces always turned out the same, purely beautiful.
Needless to say, I will miss Amanda. Not only was she a skilled painter, but she was incredibly smart. Working beside her was that bit of healthy competition I think we both needed to achieve what we have achieved so far. If I remain in contact with only a few students from the Academy, I hope she is at the top of the list.
Keep Your Eyes Peeled
"Keep your eyes peeled" for this up-and-coming artist, Amanda Chervinko, because it will only be a short matter of time before her work is everywhere. If you're smart, buy now before you can't afford it.
To see a her full portfolio, go to Amandachervinko.com. Now.