Amelia grew up on a high country station in Canterbury, New Zealand where her fondness for animals was born. Couple that with the artistic and creative flair of her mother Anna and it is obvious where her inspiration originated from.
Amelia gained her art tuition during her high school years at Rangi Ruru Girls' School in Christchurch. At this time she also started exhibiting alongside her mother in Anna Guild & Friends at the Selwyn Gallery and then again in a 'Mother -Daughter' exhibition at the Akaroa Gallery. She received a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Otago, achieving majors in both Art History & Theory and Theatre Studies. Her studies took her abroad to Europe where exposure to the works of the great masters cemented her passion. Whilst living in The Netherlands she was represented by George Cent. Gallery in Amsterdam. Her years abroad culminated in being cast as 'expedition artist' for the Tracing Tea documentary on the history of the tea trade, filmed in India.
On returning to New Zealand, Amelia was commissioned by the dairy conglomerate Fonterra to do a series of paintings and prints depicting the dairy industry. Those works now hang in prominent company locations around the world. Whilst pursuing her other passion of acting, she has held and continues to hold solo and group exhibitions around the country. She has her artwork hanging in numerous local and international collections.
Amelia is committed to developing her style by exploring new ways of bringing her subject matter to life, constantly seeking inspiration from animals and the environments in which they exist, whether domestic, wild, alive or deceased.
"I have always enjoyed the creating process and the satisfaction I get on completing something. I never want to lose that feeling. My mission with my painting is to always have fun, push my boundaries and resist the temptation of painting what I think others will like. I want to connect with the subject matter, challenge perceptions through colour and bring pleasure and life to the walls where they may hang."