Amanda Hillhouse

Amanda Hillhouse

  Amanda KS Hillhouse, a soft-spoken southern belle from Tennessee with a Navy brat background, has found peace among the beautiful red rocks of Cow Canyon and the pioneering town of Bluff, Utah.  Living in this raw desert country with her young girls and canyoneering husband has provided artistic inspiration for her drawings and paintings.

  Amanda earned her Bachelor of the Fine Arts from Middle Tennessee State University and pursued illustration and graphic design in Nashville and Salt Lake City. However, her heart remained with the joy of creating her own work and sharing its beauty with others. Looking for a change of scenery, her move ten years ago from Nashville to Utah allowed her the space and freedom to pursue her passion.
Amanda has exhibited in several juried shows around the Utah Valley area, participated in group shows along the east side of the state, and is currently progressing toward a Masters of the Fine Arts from the Academy of Art University stationed in San Francisco, California.

  On the topic of cars: Historic vehicles such as Model T's or 1935 Ford trucks, a 1955 Cobra or even a 1972 Volkswagen Beetle have always been a love for me. The curves of an arched fender, the slope of a shiny hood, the sound of a roaring engine has appealed to my senses for as long as I can remember. In the South, I saw most antique vehicles after "cosmetic surgery" a thrill to see history roar to life once again. (I admit to a particular love for the sound of a 440 engine being revved.)
  After moving to Utah, I discovered many cars and trucks sitting out in fields, by the sides of houses, in front of warehouses, in junk yards untouched and slowly melting away from their original condition. They told me of their past, their experiences with cracked glass, unhinged doors, rusted metal, welded tail gates and much more. Their weathered appearance made them seem a part of nature, changing with each season like some gnarled form of ancient trees.
  I fell in love with them because they tell a story, they have warmth like a grandparent with years of knowledge. Many view them as cluttered junk and, well, that is alright.  I see them as carriers of noisy families with dogs hanging out the window, delivering packages, hay for horses or love letters to couples. These rust buckets on wheels are records of personal touches and life events.

  On the topic of horses: Yes, I am one of those girls who grew up adoring horses and have never grown out of it. Since age four, horses have always been my most desired model to draw, paint, and sculpt. They are creatures of fascination, comfort, excitement, beauty, and many more adjectives that are commonly used to describe the features and characteristics of a horse.
  Because I was moved from coast to coast as a Navy child, my parents were unable to give me a horse of my own.  Naval base housing did not lend itself to owning large pets. Yet, I had my art and therefore could draw and paint as many horses as my imagination wished to befriend.
  The magnificent horse, whether mare or stallion, expressing spirit and power, was my favorite subject to capture on paper or canvas. Since donning the mantle of motherhood, the quieter side of equine nature has appealed more to my creative flow. Tranquil earth tones, content manner, subtle sparks of attention, and serene atmosphere are what I see when I observe a horse in its daily mood. That feeling is what I aim to reflect in my soft, watercolor technique and simple compositions – quiet joy expressed by a lovely animal.

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