The current artist prominently featured in the Dakaverse is the Plumesworthe native Amanda Maxwell. Amanda is a reclusive, awkward young woman with a troubled past. Her art reflects this. Allegedly, her doting mother went on a long and unannounced trip around the world, leaving her with her mean father. He quickly took on a new lover and dropped little Amanda off with the woman’s wealthy mother, Lucinda Maxwell. He was never seen or heard from again. The woman adopted Amanda and was always affectionately referred to as Grandma. Even as a child, Amanda always felt that her father murdered her mother with the help of his lover, and fled town. Once, as a teen, she revealed her suspicions to Lucinda. She agreed.
Previously, Lucinda was a famous women’s basketball player. After retiring from sports, she went into real estate. She owned houses, buildings, and land all over Plumesworthe. Eventually, she bought a large mansion in a ritzy Plumesworthe zone called Plume Bloom, where she became enthralled in high society. Lucinda adored Amanda, exposing her to many artists and free spirits at an early age. It did not take long to see she had a strong, though dark, aptitude for painting in particular.
Lucinda’s neighbor/best friend was famous playboy chef Fred Black, elder brother of esteemed Paul Black of Long-Black-Hill Regency. Fred owned the largest home in Plumes Bloom, mysteriously known as Hammer House. According to local lore, five different murders took place in the home, all involving bludgeons. The house was believed to be cursed, but that never stopped Fred from living it up there. He took on a young lover, a drifting writer named Velma Vlakvanovich. Officially, Amanda met Velma at a party Lucinda held for an emerging poet. Velma, an abusive user by nature, faked an interest in Amanda’s art, and the two became fast friends. Amanda started creating her book covers and combined with Fred’s celebrity influence Velma’s shoddy-written books began selling like sliced bread. Naturally, Velma lied and claimed to be the artist. It did not bother Amanda initially. However, once her art career showed promise, it became a bit of a nuisance.
Velma stayed by Fred’s side, much to his four much older children’s dismay, until he died eight years later of Pneumonia. He left Hammer House and its contents to Velma, splitting everything else up amongst his angry children. Lucinda died shortly after that, peacefully, in her sleep. She left everything to Amanda. Poor Amanda wound up enthralled in a lengthy legal battle with Lucinda’s estranged daughter, who had long left Amanda’s father behind. In the end, Amanda was able to at least keep the house, a few pieces of land, and the majority of the money.
Currently, Amanda works at Graffito’s Fannyface Clothing Factory in Plumesworthe as a seamstress. At first, she followed her high school crush, the lazy Scott Pietrvilla--nephew of media mogul Timmy Greed Pietrvilla, there. However, after being bullied from both art college and business college, she took on a full-time position. She is still constantly bullied at work in the most childish fashion by Scott and his four work mates. Something good did come of all the stress after she met a kindhearted married man named Joseph Daily on the job. Their romantic and profoundly sexual affair became her lifeline. That is until Scott and the others threatened to blackmail him with photos of their very sexual trysts. He committed suicide, and Amanda slumped into an even deeper hole of depression.
Her art tends to lean toward the darkly macabre and mildly violent. She sees painting as a wonderful way to relieve stress and escape from herself. It is ideally suited for Velma’s book cover needs, being a romantic horror author. The ladies are a match made in Hell.
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