11 Feb: Amanda Tomasoa Blog

I started painting this piece in 2015/ 2016 I think…, As part of my Whimsical series where you see a girl in striped stockings. No idea why I am so fascinated with stripes either! My dolls wear stripes, I wear stripes and I paint characters wearing stripes!   In any case , about that time.. my buddy at work was diagnosed with Cancer and subsequently passed away within 6 months.  I wrote her name onto one of the books in my painting as a memoriam to her but it got too painful for me to continue. Therefore I put it aside for a couple of years.   The reason why books and words play a significant part in my life thus my creations is because reading books brought me out of my own personal struggles as a kid.  Feeling shy, unloved, ugly and unhappy. I turned to books to live my…