Artist Amanda Barbarito

Amanda Barbarito

The art I create is a reaction to my experiences with people vs. my experiences with nature. As a child growing up on a farm in rural West Tennessee I was happiest in the woods and fields. I looked under logs and in holes. I waded through creeks looking for these mysterious and “evil” snakes that handed out fruit and ruined everything. I picked clover and stood perfectly still until the cow ate it from my hand. I knew the black widows under the logs didn’t want to hurt me. I learned bees didn’t want to sting me. In nature I found a world that made sense, not like the world of humans.

I now live in Greenville, SC where I spend a lot of my time teaching my kids and as many adults as possible to treat the world around them with care and compassion, even humans.