Amanda K. Hawkins
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Painting and hiking both culminate in a meditative experience. The terrain is never honestly portrayed on a map, the distance is always a little longer, and the trail is always steeper than my expectation. The alpine zone is an earned landscape, as are my paintings.

My landscape paintings push the timeless formal qualities of the genre into a contemporary context. The paintings experiment with shifting ground planes, reduced into shapes and values, and rebuilt with layers of reactive mark-making. The history of mark is celebrated through unexpected pops of colors and awkward negative spaces. My paintings reference memories, both printed photographs and mental imagery, resulting in emotionally-charged reflections of my past experiences.

Amanda is a painter, teacher, and project manager in Boston, MA.


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