Amanda Hagen is a local Artist and North Dakota native. She and her husband and son reside in rural Leonard, ND. Amanda’s work encompasses Acrylic, Pastel, Watercolor, and Mixed Media painting. Born and raised in rural small-town North Dakota, Amanda’s art is primarily rural-inspired, with an overarching focus on North Dakota inspired landscapes and themes. Amanda is an Architect by trade, practicing full time as a Partner with Shultz + Associates Architects in Fargo. She dedicates time to her Art Practice on evenings and weekends, with hopes to raise awareness of the value of creative outlets.
Practicing art as a hobbyist for years, Amanda felt something tug at her heart while sheltering in place early during the Pandemic. This led to a renewed focus on painting and creative work. With no formal Art education, Amanda furthered her knowledge of the various techniques through online workshops from Artists she admires including professional pastelists, Marla Baggetta and Bethany Fields. Amanda additionally reached out to local Artist, Barbara Benda Nagle (Moorhead, MN) for insight into the Art profession. As a generous mentor and encouraging friend, Barbara has been instrumental to Amanda’s development as an Artist. You can visit her online shop here: https://barbarabendanagle.com/
In 2020, Amanda founded Heartstrings Art Studio to begin sharing her work with others. Heartstrings Art Studio’s Grand Opening Event is scheduled for May 15, 2021 at the Community Center in Kindred, North Dakota. You can find out more on the website and follow her social media pages for updates: www.heartstringsartstudio.com
“I believe each person is blessed with valuable, unique gifts. My hope is to inspire others to pursue their passions, share their gifts, and in so doing elevate the communities in which we live.” - Amanda