As a contemporary realist, illustrator, and art teacher, Amanda is the creator, artist and instructor at Burns-Elhassouni Studio. Her body of work consists of drawings and paintings using photographs of her travels to places such as Morocco and inspiration from everyday life with her son as her muse. She also specializes in commissioned portrait painting and drawing as well as projects for clients who want a special moment, place or occasion captured in a fine artwork. She is the creator of the MapSO Holiday Collection ornaments, reproductions of her paintings based on iconic Maplewood, and South Orange points of interest sold locally. She teaches privately and to small groups of children in her home in South Orange pre-Covid19, but now teaching virtually, also with the SOM Adult School Children's Summer Program and through Renaissance Art Studio in Millburn, New Jersey.