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Amanda Zirzow

Amanda Zirzow, based in Fort Myers, Florida, creates colorful original paintings of wildlife, underwater creatures, nature scenes, and beyond. Inspired by Vincent Van Gogh, Sir Peter Paul Rubens, and Salvador Dalí, her expressive artwork brings wild vibes to the world.  Born in Falls Church, Virginia, just outside Washington D.C., Zirzow was influenced by exploring the Smithsonian museums, the National Zoo, and the outdoors. As a primarily self-taught artist, she paints with a unique interpretation of nature in her own colorful style and composition. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master of Science Degree in Biological Sciences from George Mason University and is a professor at Florida SouthWestern State College. With her passion for art and background in biology, she often brings exacting details of the subjects in her paintings, infusing them with color, a unique style appreciated by collectors worldwide.


Amanda Zirzow

Amanda Zirzow, based in Fort Myers, Florida, creates paintings of wildlife, underwater creatures, and other nature-infused scenes. Inspired by Vincent Van Gogh, Sir Peter Paul Rubens, and Salvador Dalí, her bold artwork brings expressive and wild vibes to your world.


Featured Artwork

Pelicans at Sunset

The sun has risen and set over the vast ocean for billions of years, casting a beautiful spectrum of colors over the waves. These colors move us in ways no words can. The colors combined with the ocean breeze inspire me to ponder ancient times and the amazing creatures that once roamed the earth. Descendant from the dinosaurs, the pelican family has existed for over 30 million years. These two pelicans enjoy one such sunset on Sanibel Island.

Burrowing Owls in the Starry Night

“For my part, I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.” The passion exuded through the works of Vincent Van Gogh is a force inspiring the momentum behind my paintings. Burrowing Owls are iconic throughout Cape Coral, Florida, where I lived before moving to Fort Myers. We lived next to a vacant lot set aside for these whimsical owls. This artwork was selected for the South Cape Utility Box Beautification Project by the City of Cape Coral and is on permanent display at 1023 SE 47th Terrace, Cape Coral, FL 33904.



Philosophy of Teaching

A teaching (philosophy) statement is a reflective essay about teaching beliefs and practices with the purpose of gaining a better understanding of the learning process. As a teacher, I have three overarching philosophies: 1. I strive to give students a passion to want to learn in a collaborative class structure and memorable methods to encourage critical thinking; 2. I verify the transference of knowledge and passion. 3. To serve as a good teacher, I must be a student first, I learn from my students by asking for feedback and then I change components of my classes based on reviews and student/ instructor dialogue.

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Artistic Souls Gallery Show - Online Art Auction

Artistic Souls Gallery Show - Online Art Auction

Sep 4, 11:00am - Sep 5, 9:00pm

Treat Yourself with new original artwork from this amazing international online group show. I will have colorful new paintings available exclusively at this short auction format show! Bidding starts at 11 AM EST on Sunday and ends at 9:00 PM EST on Monday! This online event is free to attend and all are welcome, so please stop by and say hi, comment, like, and share during this exciting event on the Artistic Souls Gallery Facebook page👋!

The Artistic Souls Gallery (ASG) is a Facebook group featuring talented artists sharing their newest creations.

Art is at its very best when it creates connections. It can create connections between artist and viewer. It can connect us to deep inner conversations that heal the hurts, celebrate the triumphs, and evoke memories of treasured moments. It can connect us to emotions, joyous flights of fancy, and even to one another.

It is our mission to
*Create meaningful, professional-quality art that connects
*Inspire meaningful conversations between artists and visitors
*Make fine art easily accessible worldwide through fun and fast-paced online auctions
*Have some fun and make lasting connections along the way

Free to attend.

Visit the show: www.facebook.com/groups/artisticsoulsgallery

Q: How does the art show work as far as purchasing?
A: On Sunday morning at 11 am EST, all of the items will be posted on the Artistic Souls Gallary Facebook Page in the feed. Start bids and BIN (buy it now) pricing will be part of the description of the piece. Bidding takes place in the comments. If you are interested in a particular piece(s) you can ask the artist to “tag” you which means that you’ll be notified by FB and can follow the link to the piece. Let me know if you have any other questions.
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Eternity - Solo Art Exhibition - Opening Reception!

Eternity - Solo Art Exhibition - Opening Reception!

Oct 7, 6:00pm - Oct 7, 10:00pm

The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center2301 1st StFort Myers, FL33901 Map

You are cordially invited to experience over 20 new original paintings, on exhibit for the very first time, on October 7, 2022.

These new paintings feature studies of the skeletal system. Both prior to and ever since the pandemic, I have been creating artwork centered around the anatomy of the skeletal systems of humans and animals, while contemplating (through color and symbolism) timeless tales of fables and stories of immortal souls.

The opening reception will be held at The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center's Capital Gallery (2nd Floor). All are welcome to attend.

Forever and without end, Eternity.

$1 Donation Entry Fee to support the SBDAC

*"The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, run by Florida Arts, Inc. (a 501c3 organization), is a must-see attraction with a colorful history. The center is dedicated to bringing world-class art events to the Southwest Florida community. Within our restored, state-of-the-art facility, we present a wide range of events to the public. From concerts to art exhibitions, galas to lectures, and providing educational arts experiences for children and adults alike– we promise excellence!" www.sbdac.com
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Wine & Paint Night - In the Capital Gallery!

Wine & Paint Night - In the Capital Gallery!

Oct 12, 6:30pm

The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center2301 1st StFort Myers, FL33901 Map

Wine & Paint Night will be on Wednesday, October 12th in the Capital Gallery! More details will follow as we get closer to the date!

This is a great chance to gather with friends and create your very own masterpieces while enjoying fine art and fine wine.

Each participant will be supplied with canvas, paint, paintbrushes, and 2 glasses of wine.

Space is limited! Check out the event and sign-up will be available here: www.sbdac.com/sidneys-rooftop-sculpture-garden/
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