Amanda Houston 2016

Media: impressionistic pastel and oil paintings

Address: 33503 SW Riedweg Rd. Cornelius OR 97113 Show in Google Maps

Directions: From Hillsboro take Hwy 219 So. 4.1 miles. Turn right on Simpson Rd. Proceed .5miles and turn Left on Riedweg Rd. Proceed 1.5 miles up the hill to hairpin turn. Mailbox of 33503 is at the foot of the driveway. Continue straight up the drive. I am at the end on the left.

Artist’s Statement: I’m always drawn to moments when the light is most dramatic when the shadows are long and the air seems to linger often at the edges of our day. While there are certain subjects I will never tire of it is not so much the place that lures me in as much as it is the light itself and how the light lands on each subject with it’s crisp or muted edges to create a mood that speaks to a calmer simpler place in our lives. Compositionally I gravitate to scenes with overlapping elements and always try to create rhythm and depth in my work. I work in both oils and pastels. I reserve oils for big pieces while the majority of my work is in pastels. Pastels give me the pleasure of drawing and painting at the same time. I love their forgiving quality their buttery tactile sensation their speed and the freedom to stop and start without waiting for layers to dry or brushes to clean. In both mediums I build my pieces from darks to lights in multiple layers using glazing or scumbling.
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