Amanda Jayne Clegg is a female artist born in United Kingdom, currently working in United Kingdom.
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My work is highly influenced by Egyptian Fayuum portraits, Medieval, Flemish and Renaissance portraiture.

My love of these striking, decorative and evocative historical portraits combined with my theatrical background has inspired me to paint my sitters with the same air of mystery with an occasional coquettish glint in their eyes.

My portraits are painted in oil on wood panel and influenced by my prop-making years, I like to distress the surface just before the final coat of wax varnish to add depth and a sense of age.

I like to create an air of faux grandeur with my paintings so that they might be mistaken for ancestral family paintings which wouldn’t look out of place in a museum, listed building, or castle.

After doing an arts foundation course in Nelson, Lancashire I was seduced by the theatre and went on to do a degree in Theatre Design at the Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.

I was waylaid by TV, Theatre and film propmaking for almost 15 years. My chosen medium for my portraiture was originally pastel, but I started working in oils in the late 1990’s and haven’t picked up my pastels since.

You can find my website published in the book ‘The Perfect Digital Portfolio’ by Ava Publishing.

Recently my work has been seen on BBC’s Doctor Who.