Amanda Dicken grew up around the arts, as both her parents were artists themselves. Never straying from that path, she went on to get her B.A. at Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL, where she studied the Fine Arts, Art History and fell in love with figure drawing.  Though drawing portraits and figures has been a continual focus for almost 20 years, she loves to experiment with different mediums and drawing styles, drawing particular interest from Modern art and abstract expressionism. Her figure drawings and portraits these days focus on watercolor, though she keeps her drawing element intact by using pen. She started volunteering her time at summer camps and art classes for children, then moved up to teaching classes at the North Carolina Museum of Art, The Center for Visual Artists in Greensboro, private tutoring, fun entertaining classes for both kids and adults at Wine & Design, and painting classes at Harrisonburg's Parks & Recreation center. Her work has been featured in several shows around the Raleigh-Durham area, and she was a finalist in The Artist's Magazine Annual Competition in Portraiture for 2014. Since moving to the Harrisonburg area in 2016, you can usually find her working behind the register at Larkin Arts.