New Studio in progress…


I’m no longer at Kitty’s Seaside Shop!

Open studios shop photo

It was great to be part of The Old High Street for a while. I’ve made some good friends and really enjoyed working there. The shop was only temporary however, while we were busy making other plans!

Attention is now focused on my new studio (still in Folkestone), which we hope will be ready by November.

I’ll post photos of progress – it’s going to be a brilliant place to work when complete.         In the meantime, I’m still accepting commissions.

– If you’d like to get in touch about a painting, drawing etc.



Angel Rabbit


Angel Rabbit

On the subject of wood carving…

thought I’d mention that my Angel Rabbit carving was sold recently.

He’s been adopted by a lovely family with a beautiful old house, I know he’s gone to a good home – but will miss him.

Barfrestone Art Exhibition


Valentino carving

Exhibiting some work at Barfrestone Art Exhibition and Sale.

It takes place from tomorrow (Friday) until Sunday. I decided to take Valentino, a wood carving that I made in France a while ago.

A beautiful setting for the exhibition, the Great Barn at Barfrestone Court in the historic village of Barfrestone, Kent (CT15 7JJ). If you go please visit the 12th century Norman church of St Nicholas, step back in time…

more details:




Open Studios is here!



Open studios shop photoJune has arrived and with it some wild and windy weather….

it’s also the start of South East Open Studios 2016 (20th Anniversary year) tomorrow, Friday 3rd until Sunday June 19th

Don’t forget – I’m not at the Wood Shed on the Bail Steps as in the guide.

You’ll find me 2 minutes away from there at…

Kitty’s Seaside Shop and Studio                                                                                                          53 The Old High Street Folkestone CT20 1RN

You can read my previous blog post for more information on opening times, places to eat etc.

*Warning – please don’t try and drive down the Old High Street (even if your sat-nav tells you to!) – It’s very tricky for cars because it’s narrow, also not very popular with pedestrians!

Hope to see you soon, Amanda xx




South East Open Studios


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South East Open Studios runs from June 3rd – 19th

I’m taking part for the first time and there’s a slight change of plan!

In the guide and SEOS website (information was submitted in the winter) my address is: The WoodShed, Bail Steps, Folkestone, Kent CT20 1SJ.

However due to delays with planning, my studio isn’t ready! The good news is I’m still working from Kitty’s Seaside Shop and studio –  2 minutes away  in the Old High Street (otherwise known as the Creative Quarter) – hoorah!

You’ll recognise my shop – there will be assorted animals in the window!

Kitty’s Seaside Shop and Studio, 53 The Old High Street, Folkestone, Kent. CT20 1RN

By the way, don’t attempt to drive down the Old High Street! You can find parking nearby at Payers Park or down by the harbour.

As well as hopefully visiting me, you’ll find many wonderful shops and studios run by other creatives.

You’ll be spoilt for choice with places to eat too

  • Congo Coffee, run by the lovely Marianne is directly opposite me.
  • Further up the hill: Steep Street Coffee House with amazing cakes and a book shop.
  • Googies Art Cafe is on Rendevous Street
  • Favourite pubs: The Pullman on Church Street; the historic British Lion in The Bayle.
  • The Lime Bar on Tontine Street is a music & chill-out venue with a great atmosphere

And don’t forget to visit The Harbour Arm – Folkestone’s new ‘place to be’!

Check out opening times:

You can find my opening hours and details on the SEOS website: under the ‘Find Artist’ listings. (Amanda Wood)

See you soon.



Latest Commissions


Sketch of Alfie dog

I haven’t posted anything for a while, I’ve been busy with animal portrait commissions.

This is Alfie above, finished another set of drawings of a lovely boy ( Maltese-Sitz zu x) called Robbie. Also working on 2 Dachshund paintings. I will add them to the Animal Portraits page soon!