Who we are?

“My work is a celebration of life. I have dedicated my life to the scientific study of life as a biologist which extends into my career as a professional artist. The power of color, and symbolism, magnify the intensity and awe that I hope to share through my paintings.” – Amanda Zirzow

“Amanda Zirzow has been a staple in the Southwest Florida art scene since she started showing her art. Her art has always been a favorite during SBDAC exhibitions, especially during Dark Art, not only for her great skills as an artist but her great symbolism and meaningful pieces.” – Cesar Aguilera, Art Curator for the Sidney Berne Davis Art Center

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.

Biography

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.

Biography

Featured Artwork

Centzon Totochtin (400 Rabbits), 2022

Central to this painting is a representation of the Agave americana, also called the century plant. After growing to maturity, the agave exerts all its energy into creating a large reproductive flower stalk (quiote) that grows from the heart of the plant. This specialized structure allows the plant to grow to its maximum height, producing flowers to be pollinated, and the result is new life, often with hundreds of clones of the original plant.

In early 15th century Mexico, the mythical deity, Mayahuel (ma’jawel), was worshiped by the Aztec people, for she ruled over both the agave plant and fertility. Mayahuel gave birth to the Centzon Totochtin (400 Rabbits). In Aztec times, the number used for “infinite” was 400 and as such, these rabbits represented the infinite ways in which people could intoxicate themselves. They traveled throughout the lands visiting lively parties and gatherings while feasting and spreading the gospel of intoxication.

While contemplating the biological aspect of this fascinating plant combined with these ancient beliefs, I was compelled to create this painting which represents the importance of living each day to the fullest, finding what you love, and putting 110% effort into whatever that may be.

This is one of over 20 original paintings that will be on exhibit at my upcoming solo art exhibition, “Eternity.”
Be among the first to see it in person, come to the opening reception on Friday, October 7th, from 6 PM to 10 PM at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center’s Capital Gallery, Fort Myers, Florida.

Plight of the Owl, 2021

Recognized at “The Witching Hour” art exhibition at the Cape Coral Art Center in 2021. “The narrative this piece expresses is powerful and relevant. I’m in awe of the contrast of the X-ray effect in relation to the rest of the piece. The color scheme really adds to the narrative of this piece.” – Brian Weaver, Judge and resident of Cape Coral since 2013. Brian holds a degree in Graphic Design and computer animation from the School of Communication Arts in North Carolina.

Eternity (detail), 2020

Love is life’s single greatest risk and life’s single greatest reward. Love is the most intense feeling we can have. It is intangible and unexplainable, yet so real and powerful. Love captures your heart in a second and holds it for eternity. Exhibited at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in “Syzygy Presents: Dark Art 2020.” Published in Emotions – 2021 Online Exhibition and Publication, Gallerium. Featured on the cover of the October 2020 issue of the Southwest Florida Happenings Arts and Entertainment Magazine.

Pelicans at Sunset, 2022

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, 2021

“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.

Portfolio

Education

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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Events

There is nothing quite like experiencing one-of-a-kind original artwork in person. New events are added throughout the year, so check back to see what’s happening, or sign up to receive updates delivered directly to you via email!

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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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Meet the artist: Amanda Zirzow

Meet the artist: Amanda Zirzow

Nov 12, 2:00pm - Nov 12, 5:00pm

Art4wear13499 Cleveland Ave SEFort Myers, FL33907 Map

Meet the Featured Artist of The Month: Amanda Zirzow!

From the sea to the stars and beyond, ­­Amanda captivates viewers with her one-of-a-kind colorful, and vibrant paintings. Her imaginative artwork is inspired by everything from scuba diving with sea turtles, to her background as a biologist, and everyday adventures.

Join us for light refreshments, see some of her new paintings, and chat with the artist in the Winners Choice Gallery at Art4Wear!

more: amandazirzow.com/
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Events

Events

There is nothing quite like experiencing one-of-a-kind original artwork in person. New events are added throughout the year, so check back to see what’s happening, or sign up to receive updates delivered directly to you via email!

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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
... See MoreSee Less

19 interested  ·  6 going
Meet the artist: Amanda Zirzow

Meet the artist: Amanda Zirzow

Nov 12, 2:00pm - Nov 12, 5:00pm

Art4wear13499 Cleveland Ave SEFort Myers, FL33907 Map

Meet the Featured Artist of The Month: Amanda Zirzow!

From the sea to the stars and beyond, ­­Amanda captivates viewers with her one-of-a-kind colorful, and vibrant paintings. Her imaginative artwork is inspired by everything from scuba diving with sea turtles, to her background as a biologist, and everyday adventures.

Join us for light refreshments, see some of her new paintings, and chat with the artist in the Winners Choice Gallery at Art4Wear!

more: amandazirzow.com/
... See MoreSee Less

3 interested  ·  4 going
Events