When Wiradjuri artist Amanda Hinkelmann started painting back in 2019, she experimented with bold, contrasting colours and explored ways to share her First Nations history and culture. As her skills developed and she transitioned from her role as school principal to full-time painting, Amanda’s palette became more refined, and her unique symbolism and pattern work started shining through. Modern, textural, feminine, deeply meaningful and emotive, Amanda’s abstract paintings are inspired by strong connections – to her loved ones, to Mother Earth and to her ancestral home on Wiradjuri Country, in the Riverina region of New South Wales. A trained dancer, Amanda respects her innate creativity and responds to the fierce power of nature, the changing seasons and the beauty of birds and flowering gums. Amanda’s paintings are instantly recognisable due to the detailed white dot work that forms the final layer on each piece and adds definition to the storytelling elements contained within. Creating large-scale works on canvas, she combines neutral and earthy hues and aims to convey messages from nature. Every painting subtly provokes thought on the meaning of being deeply connected to Country. Amanda has held three solo exhibitions, had multiple sell-out collections and has built a reputation of quality, meaning and beauty within her highly sought after works.