Amanda Bates

Drawing and painting, Printmaking
Obstruction / ink on kaolin / 12" x 16"

I've been making a study of trees: form, meaning, and the occasional splash of colour.

The word "book" comes from the Germanic word for beech, and it's remarkable how much can be read from a tree. Some are history books; others hint at fantastic tales; others still hold deep truths. All you have to do is look. Artists record their looking and allow others to see through their eyes. Perhaps my inky drawings of trees will show you something new. Maybe they will remind you of something important. Or it could simply be that you share my delight in the aboreal.

Recognition at national level:
Discerning Eye Exhibition 2020,two drawings accepted.
Society of Graphic Fine Arts Centenary Exhibition (Mall Galeries, London, July 2021), three drawings accepted.
Society of Women Artists Open 2021 (online from 21 September), two drawings accepted.

In addition to my artwork, I have been making traveller's notebooks and hardback (casebound) sketchbooks. The latter can be fitted with a bespoke "sketchbook buddy" to hold pens etc. All of these handmade products stem from my active sketching practice.

Opening Dates and Times

September 2021
I am pleased to welcome visitors outside of the suggested times and throughout the year. Please contact me to arrange a mutually convenient time.
September 2021
10:00am - 16:00pm


29 South Road
RG20 5RY
From A339, take B3051, 2nd Kingsclere exit. Left: Coppice Road; then right: South Road; bear left. 29 on right. Studio is blue cabin in back garden.
Working studio