Amanda Banker (b.1979) was raised in Corrales, New Mexico where she spent her childhood making short animated films and feverishly drawing cartoon characters. She soon discovered oil paints. She spent the next few years developing a portfolio in fine art, until graduation set into motion a separate path. In 1998 she was accepted into California Institute for the Arts, but she choose to pursue animation at Cal State Fullerton. This decision allowed Amanda to fully immerse herself in both traditional and computer animation, with the added bonus of pitching storyboards to Disney, Nickelodeon and Pixar. After college graduation she began freelance storyboarding, character design and illustration. During all this time Amanda kept working on her own images. After nearly a decade in the animation industry, Amanda returned home to pursue her true passion as an oil painter. This move back to New Mexico was met with great success. Amanda has been published several times and shows in Santa Fe on the famous Canyon Road. Her work is collected across the country, with patrons from California to New York, and her work is held in the permanent collection of the Albuquerque Museum.