Visual Arts

Artists Seen: Amanda Besl

by / Jan. 20, 2016 12am EST

Photo by David Moog

Amanda Besl is an internationally exhibited painter who lives and works in Buffalo. She holds a BFA in Fine Arts from SUNY Oswego (1998) and an MFA in Painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan (2001). Throughout her career she has focused on the inner worlds of adolescent girls, painting documentary-style portraits of contemporary teenagers and still-lifes informed by Greek mythology, Rococo painter Jean-Honoré Fragonard, and the Victorian-era preoccupation with women’s hair. For more information on her work, visit

“Artists Seen: Photographs of Artists in the 21st Century” is an ongoing project by photographer David Moog in partnership with the Burchfield Penney Art Center at SUNY Buffalo State. Moog has set out to make portraits of every self-identified working artist and arts professional in Western New York. To be included in the project, call David Moog directly at 716-472-6721 or contact the center at 716-878-4131. Artists working in all media are welcome; visit for more information.