Medium: Pastel on paper
Dimensions: 12" x 18"
Location: Hillsboro Civic Center, 5th Floor
The pastel painting was inspired by the vistas and sunsets between Hillsboro and Cornelius just to the west of the Jackson Bottom Wetlands. The work was selected from 40 entries submitted by artists in response to the call for artwork that represents the characteristic landscape, city views or landmarks of Hillsboro.
Artist Amanda Houston lives in Cornelius, Oregon. As a child, she grew up in Africa and Saudi Arabia and remembers her mother painting oil and landscapes as a hobby. Early in her career, she worked as an apparel designer and director for global apparel businesses. Amanda currently participates in local art festivals and supplies seven art galleries in both Oregon and Washington. She has been juried into two national shows in the past three years winning awards. She shows at Penner Ash and J. Albin wineries and works with interior designers to create commissions for their clients. Additionally, Houston has taught an after school drawing class for a Hillsboro school.
Houston's artwork was also selected for the Mayor's gift in 2012. Houston states, "When public art opportunities come up they are coveted projects because they give the chose artist so much exposure, so it was really an honor to have been chosen a second time."
Artist website: amandahouston.com
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