Amanda Milke is a fan of "putting the kitchen sink" into her artwork.
It's a busy time for the Fort Saskatchewan artist. She has displays at MIX 107 and is the artist on exhibit outside of the Shell Theatre for the month of June.
Her 31-piece showing is entitled Blue Pomegranate and focuses on mixed-media abstract artwork. The colourful pieces offer a take on religious scriptures.
"It's developed into this expression of faith on canvas, but taking a modern approach."
If she can attach something to a canvas, she probably will. The pieces can include rhinestones, beads, glass, buttons and shells.
"Where abstract, meets mosaic, meets whatever happens to be within reach at the time."
Milke is self-taught and discovered her love for painting in high school. She thinks it was about 1997. Now, she's been voted in as the president of the Society of Fort Saskatchewan Artists.
While she didn't go to school for it, art is her life. When she's not painting or doing abstract work, she runs a hand-stamped jewelry business and teaches classes.
Milke has a meet-and-greet for her exhibit on June 11 at 7 p.m., the same day as the Shell Theatre season reveal. On June 14 at 7 p.m. she will be hosting a low-key guided talk through her artwork.