Amanda Hoskin grew up in Cornwall and after studying at Falmouth School of Art and Chelsea College she became a freelance wildlife illustrator, living and working in London. In the early 1990s she returned to Cornwall. Amanda Hoskin is one of the leading exponents of modern impressionism in Cornwall and her collection for the 2011 Contemporary Impressionism season at Beside The Wave is a testament to her gifts as a landscape painter.
The focus of the show is the Helford River, a part of the world that, in this collection, Amanda has painted for the very first time.Painting outdoors, in the tradition of the Impressionists, Amanda is masterful in capturing the momentary and transient effects of light, not through line and contour, but in thick brushstrokes of paint which create the ‘impression’ of the landscape before her.
“As ever, I find that getting started is the hardest part of creating a new body of work, but the more I paint, the more freely ideas flow and the more I feel that I can relax into the process. As I paint, everything else gets held at bay and only the painting matters; I am completely ‘there’ and in the moment, and the challenges of day to day life simply melt away. In this way the collection grows organically, and in time I sense that a body of work that genuinely belongs together is being created.”