Painting of a black woman in a yellow halter dress, presented as a goddess, seated on the Earth which is pictured in space.

Amanda Downs – The Core Essence


About the Show

The CORE ESSENCE is what is revealed after a woman transcends the dark night of the soul. Her core essence is revealed and she becomes more aware of who she is. Astrology and mythology was part of the inspiration for this series. Each planet represents a specific energy or aspect of personality that may be discovered. The goddess women represent the idea of self-mastery.

About the Artist

Based in Nashville, TN, Amanda Downs is a self-taught visual artist who began her artistic journey march of 2017. She is inspired by women, nature, music, and literature. She hopes to provide diverse representation of black women while also capturing the common trait of strength and beauty. Her goal is to create positive images of black women that are uplifting and inspiring. Capturing the beauty of confidence. She uses acrylic, watercolor paints, paper, and canvas mediums. She started her practice because she wants to express her passion for her community and creating a legacy that promotes positivity and courage to chase your dreams.


This program is presented in part due to support from the Tennessee Arts Commission with an Arts Build Communities grant. Did you know? Your purchase of a Specialty License plate or Gift-a-Plate helps support the arts community through grant funds.

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