Amanda Pampena is an Art Teacher and Mentor at Fusion Academy Los Gatos. She graduated from University of Colorado Denver with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in drawing and painting. She has worked as a dog groomer at a busy salon, creative consultant at a family-owned restaurant, and a web/graphic designer at a tech company. She has also maintained her own art practice during and after college by painting pet portraits, figures, still-life, and wildlife. She loves animals, so often paints cats and dogs. Amanda enjoys movies, board games, Toastmasters, yoga, and learning crafts such as crochet. She especially enjoys spending quality time with her husband and cats.