Amanda Besl explores still life as a psychological constructed environment eluding to the pre-Revolutionary French court whose allegories, fairytales of inevitable adult situations, are relegated to childhood niceties. She also finds inspiration in the garden she obsessively tends which provides props for her seemingly languid slightly insidious still life worlds.
Besl has shown widely in both Western New York and New York City, and in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, and Russia. She holds an MFA in Painting from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI and a BFA from SUNY Oswego. Her paintings are part of several notable private and public collections including the Burchfield Penney Art Center; Nichido Contemporary, Tokyo, Japan; the Burger Collection, Hong Kong and the Tullman Collection, Chicago. Besl works in the Arts Department at Nichols School in Buffalo as an Upper School Visual Arts teacher.