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Summer Sanctuary by Amanda Horvath
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Original Acrylic Painting on Canvas
Acrylics on canvas
Image size: 91cm x 91cm x 3.5cm
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This painting captures the beautiful woods near my home in the Peak District during Summer. The abstract marks express woodland flowers and sunlit spaces inviting the viewer to wander towards the distance where sanctuary is suggested. The painting has a meditative calm and quietness.
An original artwork, one of a kind, this painting has been created with high quality acrylic paints on deep edged canvas, which does not need a frame. The painting continues round the sides. I use impasto techniques applied with a palette knife in multi layers, which creates a contemporary painting and if you look closely you can see the first layers applied in places.
Amanda Horvath is a contemporary artist who is influenced by the woods and moors of her home in the Peak District. Achieving a B A Hons (first class) in fine art Amanda went on to lecture in painting and printmaking. Now working full time as an artist from her studio her paintings are informed by the wild landscapes of her home. Renowned for forest scenes Amanda’s paintings are full of colour, texture and contrast, with an emphasis on delicate light effects and dramatic shadows.
“I have a close connection to the natural world and painting is a response to the beautiful landscape, I attempt to capture the spirit of the land and the ethereal quality of light filtering through woodlands. Through my work I hope to impart the sense of peace and meditative calm I feel in these quiet places. This affinity with nature has grown from childhood and my past experiences”
An important part of the creative process is to be absorbed in nature, so it begins with walking in the landscape making preliminary notes. These form the foundations of the work translated onto canvas in the studio. Harnessing some optical mixing techniques the paintings are created with layer upon layer of highly textured paint, worked expressively using palette knives and brushes, which results in paintings that lie somewhere between abstraction and realism. Her work has found homes with private collectors worldwide.
Size: H:91 cm x W:91 cm
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