Amanda Horvath is a contemporary artist who takes her inspiration from 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 Amanda’s paintings are informed by the wild landscapes of her home. She is renowned for forest and moorland scenes full of colour, texture and strong contrasts of tone, emphasising a distinct play of light and shadows.
“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”
The creative process begins outdoors in the landscape with preliminary notes, which 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.