Art. What I love about art is that when creating it, there aren’t any rules.  Art is whatever is in your mind and the medium you use to bring it into reality.  You make the rules.  You can show the world who you are without any words.  Art encompasses all things… beauty, emotion, passion, etc.  Growing up I was never great at art, stick figures were my thing, but I thought people who could create art were very special.  When I first saw a piece of art done by Amanda Phelps I knew that she was something special.  I know you will feel the same way when you see her artwork. Trust me these pictures do not do these works of art justice.  

Amanda Phelps grew up in the central valley of California, near the Sierra Nevada Mountains, with art flowing through her veins.  Amanda, along with her mother, would create watercolor paintings and colored-pencil drawings which at the time were her favorite mediums, but always knew she wanted to do something more.  In 2016, she found her passion through a “cheap, craft-wood burner”. Her love for pyrography was born.  

You may need to look at that word again.  It’s pyrography not photography, but the two do, kind of, go hand-in-hand.  The prefix pyro- means “fire,” “heat,” “high temperature,” while the suffix        -graphy means “field of study” or related to “writing”.  Put together pyrography means “the art or technique of decorating wood or leather by burning a design on the surface with a heated metallic point.”

Using a ball-point tip wire that heats up, Amanda creates magic going between cooler and hotter settings.  She sometimes combines her old love of watercolors and colored pencils with her newer passion for pyrography to create masterpieces. 

Amanda can literally create anything she can dream up (I would love to see inside her mind), or she can take a custom picture that you have and turn it into a treasure.  She says she does a lot of custom pet portraits for those wanting something special to remember their beloved pets by.  

Inspired by the wildlife and nature around Aberdeen, South Dakota, Amanda has created amazing pheasant, deer, duck, and bison pieces that are a “must-see”.  I bet she could create an amazing wolf picture for you Northern fans.  Hey, now that sounds like an awesome gift idea.  

In fact, any of her pieces would make a stunning gift.

Can you believe that this is all done by hand?  The intricate details are remarkable and make the picture jump out at you as if it were alive.  Have you ever seen a piece of art and was in awe that someone was able to create that.  I certainly was looking at her pieces (they are a long ways from my stick figure drawings.)  

This little guy is my favorite.  I am not sure why because I don't love reptiles, but the detail and the contrast is extremely impressive.  

You can see through her art, that Amanda puts her heart and soul into every piece that she does.  Every shocking detail portrays her talent and passion.  

Go find her on Facebook @PhelpsPyrography, or on Instagram at phelps_pyrography, and Etsy at PhelpsPyrography, or email

Since pictures don't do this artwork justice, you can see some of her amazing pieces in person displayed in the Southeast Building of Presentation College. From now until November 22nd, you can stop in during the hours of 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday to get a peak at these amazing, one-of-a-kind pieces of art.

"The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.” Jerzy Kosinski