About the artwork"Rose and Amber Wood" was inspired by some lovely birch trees near my home in the Peak District. Sunlight plays through beautiful leaves creating dappled shadows and light, while the delicate textures of the birches contrasts with the bright tones. This is a beautiful time of year in the woods the colours being at their most vibrant. An original artwork, one of a kind, this painting has been created with high quality acrylic paints on deep edged canvas. I begin with observation of the place making notes and taking photographs to work from in the studio. From these beginnings I work intuitively, painting some base layers with a brush and then impasto techniques layer on layer applied with a palette knife. Harnessing optical mixing techniques employed by the impressionists and some of the methods of the old masters such as scumbling and glazing. I continue working until the painting reaches a natural conclusion. The result is a contemporary painting, which lies somewhere between abstraction and realism. The painting continues round the sides, a frame is not needed and it is ready to hang.
Amanda Horvath is a contemporary artist, her artworks often combine vibrant colours and textures. Amanda studied fine art painting and printmaking at Sheffield Hallam University where she was able to develop her practice. Following her studies, Amanda began to lecture fine art to college students. She now practices full time as an artist from her studio in the Peak District.
Living and working in the Peak District Amanda is surrounded by nature. Working from observation of said nature Amanda start her creative process by gathering visual information in sketchbooks or with her camera finishing these preliminary pieces in her studio. Working expressively in acrylics or oils, often with a palette knife or other mark making techniques she applies layer upon layer until the painting reaches a natural conclusion, forming contemporary paintings that lie somewhere between abstraction and realism.
Amanda States â€œPainting is a response to the beautiful landscape around me, I attempt to capture the spirit of the land and that quiet sense of tranquillity that coexists with a closeness to the natural world. I am moved by dramatic light sweeping over the rugged elements chased by clouds and the timeless changing sea when visiting the coast. I have a passion for expressing nature in bright vivid colours and nothing gives me more pleasure than when people say they love their painting.â€
Amanda exhibits widely, currently with the Dart Gallery in Dartmouth, Eclectic Gallery in London, The Paul Tavernor Gallery Cheshire, The Wey Gallery Surrey, The Lion Street Gallery, Hay-on-Wye and The Purple Gallery, Bournville, Birmingham. Her paintings have found homes with private collectors in the UK, America, Asia, Europe and Australia. Amanda exhibited at the Bath Art Fair 1st-2nd March.