Anyway, back to the business at hand for today. This is really exciting...I just love this artist! This month's Artist of the Month is Amber Alexander. I mentioned in my monthly e-zine for April that I would be featuring an interview with her here on the blog, so here she is! (To subscribe to my monthly e-zine, just click on the "subscribe" button on the top right of this page.)
You may remember that I featured some of Amber Alexander's work in a Friday's Fabulous Finds post back in March. I got a sense that her work was a real "crowd favorite", so I decided it would be fun to get to know Amber a little better this month! Amber paints the most charming animals with very realistic details and human qualities that show a real sense of humor. You get the sense that she's got a twinkle in her eye while she paints, and probably knows the animal's name before she's even done with the piece.
Amber strikes me as a modern-day Beatrix Potter. Her paintings would work equally well in a children's bedroom or in the place of honor above your fireplace. Her prints sell very reasonably from her Etsy shop (for about $17), and occasionally you can even catch one of her original watercolor prints for $50!
Do you earn a living as an artist, or do you have a “day job”?
Yes and No- I do have a "day" job- but it is gradually phasing out as I sell more! :)I'm a paralegal- but it just so happens my boss will be retiring- perfect timing- I paint in almost all of my free time! Etsy has been an enormous life changer for me!
When did you first start painting? Did you take classes?
As a child- I've always loved drawing and painting but have only recently fallen in love with watercolor. I have a BA in liberal arts, did not go to art school, but have always created. I'm very self-motivated and do much better teaching myself everything I need to know.
Animals! creatures, the trees, woods, forest, water, animals.I love thinking about animals as having complete lives. They do housework, they have thoughts, emotions, relationships, they get into fights with each other. :)
Do you have a favorite subject to paint?
I definately have a favorite subject to paint: bunnies, rabbits. They are a lot of fun to paint, but in general, animals are my favorite subjects. Most animals are fun to paint for me!
I’m picturing you with a twinkle in your eye as you paint. What are you thinking about when you’re painting?
Juliet, Morning (print)
Where can people view and purchase your work?
People can view and purchase my work at my Etsy shop (amberalexander.etsy.com). At this point, that's the only place. I'm always adding new things and love it! Thanks!!
Courtney's note: if anyone followed the previous link I had for Amber's etsy shop, it was wrong, and I sincerely apologize! Yikes! it's correct now though!