For this solo show, Amanda produced a collection of framed original sketch book pages. To coincide with this show, a book titled - "The Artist's Journey, a Sketchbook of Cornwall" was produced. This book of sketches, paintings and annotations gives us an insight into Amanda’s creative journey and working process.
'Often I compare painting a solo show to being at the foot of a mountain or at the start of a long hike, step by step the work is created and one painting flows from another and somehow one has arrived and the show is complete.'
'On February 10th 2017 my niece went into Bristol Royal Children's Hospital for an opperation to remove a brain tumour, I found it impossible to paint at this time and feeling helpless in this situation I found myself back on the coastal paths visiting special places in Cornwall to meditate and sketch. With amazing care and support from all team at Bristol Hospital my neice was soon on the road to recovery, this experience brought about the desire to do something to say thank you and so I decided to produce work from this time for and exhibition. Money raised from a selection of auctioned paintings from the show was given to the Walllace and Gromit Grand Appeal which is the Bristol Childrens Hospital charity.'
For this show Amanda wanted to express the feeling and different moods of Fowey through the seasons and give an little insight into the life of Fowey and why it is such a special place.
The paintings for this solo show have been inspired by walking in some of the most beautiful places along the Devon coastline.
'Painting in all weathers and times of the year is an essential part of my working process gathering a wealth of information, colours, mood and the feel of a place. As an artist I really get to know the landscape and can draw inspiration from it.'