All backgrounds digitally designed by Amelia, printed
on paper and mounted on maple panel. Above: In the
Soup, 30 x 36 inches, oil on paper and maple panel.
Right: Cherry Blossom Shadow, 16 x 16 inches, oil on
paper and maple panel.
Hutchins was raised in Jacksonville, Florida, and spent
time in Ocean Beach, California, but didn’t start surfing
until she was older and living on Harbor Island.
“I wanted to position my daughter in a place where
she could be in warm water and quality surf,” she
Though she admits she felt a real sense of anxiety
about uprooting the two of them and moving to a
foreign country Hutchins notes that her 15-year-old
daughter’s fearlessness and enthusiasm were
“You can’t let fear run your life,” says Hutchins. “How
could I not want to help my daughter pursue her
dream? I wanted to set an example, show her that I
had the courage to do this, and of course, go on a fun
adventure with my daughter.”