Amanda Heslop

The inspiration for Amanda’s latest work comes from her diving experiences and a fascination with the underwater world.

Amanda enjoys experimenting with her camera in different types of water from the Mediterranean to the South Pacific. Each type of water body delivers differing qualities in her images. Amanda particularly loves thermal waters as they give a beautiful painterly effect.

Amanda Heslop grew up in Hawke’s Bay. She studied fine arts in Otago and graduated in 1995. Following this she carried out post graduate studies at the Christchurch College of Education. Amanda went on to teach art at Hutt Valley High School and then in London. She now lives in Hawke’s Bay with her husband and two children.

In London, Amanda’s life took a new and exciting direction while working as an assistant for an established London-based photographer. Over five years she curated photographic exhibitions, co-ordinated a book on British art and worked on the charity project ‘Four Inches’ for the Elton John AIDS Foundation. This position took her around the world providing inspiration for her painting and photography.