Years went by, we had jobs and I didn't really work on my art much. By 2009 we had lived in South Florida for five years and we had our two boys. One afternoon when Conlan and Brannen were napping, and I didn't feel like doing the laundry or washing the dishes, I decided to get out some old art supplies. I found some watercolor paints that I had never used before. They were not my favorite medium to use in the past, I found them very difficult to work with. I decided to get them out anyway. I played around and after a couple weeks I grew to really like them! Unlike college, instead of getting frustrated, I just decided to go with the flow. It wasn't like it was for a grade, right?! I painted loosely and pretended that the mistakes were meant to be. I suppose that I had more patience too after having our boys. It all fell into place and just felt right. Eventually I started my own business and I sold commissioned paintings, dog portraits, special occasion invitations and painted more for family and friends. I gained confidence and started applying to fine art shows and started entering contests here and there. I combined my love and passion for our tropical setting here in Florida using watercolor paints with illustrating on top of the painting and extending it out on to the mat creating a "window of color". Painting with watercolors is so much easier for me now because of the change in subject matter. I gain inspiration from the sights and sounds, including the beaches, canals and nearby fishing villages here where I live. Water is included in almost every aspect of Florida life and I love that I can use watercolors to make my artwork look and feel more fluid like. I really feel like I was meant to be here in Florida to paint.
I also like to add hand painted cutouts to my work as you can see below. I have lots of ideas running through my head too that I will soon share!
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Amber M. Moran
Amber is a marine and wildlife artist 'thinking out of the box'. She combines watercolor and ink creating a unique "window" and colorful take on the coastal lifestyle. See Amber's bio here.
Watercolor & Ink Artist
'thinking outside the box'
I have always felt extremely passionate about color and detail. I gain inspiration every day from sights and sounds, including our Florida beaches, canals and nearby fishing villages. My goal is to draw you as the viewer, into my art. I want to help the viewer focus in on a particular section of my artwork while seeing the whole picture. I achieve this by creating a focus that casts a “window” of color on a section of the painting with watercolor paints. I then extend my work out onto the mat with black watercolor paint and ink. I like to think of this as “thinking outside the box”.