ABOUT AMBER GITTINS
I'm a colour obsessed abstract artist and I'm at my happiest working from my home studio with my three dogs in country Mount Gambier, South Australia.
Painting for me is about having fun, letting go and immersing myself in my own little happy place. I’m a quiet soul yet my artwork tends to be that alter ego coming out to play. With so much boldness and spontaneity on the canvas, it wants to interact with the viewer and be seen to lift the energy around it.
Nature is my go to subject matter, I love being outdoors, taking in my surroundings and reconnecting with its beauty.
Heading back into my studio I explore these thoughts and feelings further on the canvas. I work from my imagination and instinct to develop a unique abstract representation of nature in a joyful and lively way.
Ultimately I want to show people how we can find beauty and happiness within nature whilst portraying a sense of playful optimism and kindness through my art.
FAVOURITE PAINT COLOUR ohhh tough one but I do love my aquas and teals to really lift an artwork.
GUILTY PLEASURE Going out for a coffee and having a ‘sneaky’ biscuit or slice of cake to go with it - totally justified! ...Oh and changing my hair colour and style!!
FAVOURITE HOLIDAY Spending two months camping through the West Coast of America and then up and into Canada and through the Rockie Mountains. A couple of bear scares but I'm still here, so all good.
SECRET TALENT I am an incredible singer - when I'm in the car driving by myself ;).
ARTIST CRUSH Van Gogh, Monet, Sally Muir and
I’m Amber Gittins, a quiet country bumpkin who has a love or maybe that should be ‘obsession’ for colour, being socially awkward and patting any animal that comes across my path.
I have always been creative since I can remember, but it has only been the last few years where I have taken that giant leap of courage and I am now pursuing my art career full time and I couldn’t be happier.
My childhood was spent living in country outback Australia and I literally grew up with a pencil in my hand, most the time it was too bloody hot to go outside anyway. Art was always my favourite subject at school, and I was very proud of that - even at a young age. So it was an easy transition to want to study a Bachelor of Visual Communications at the University of South Australia after leaving school. I graduated with a degree in 1998.
Upon graduating I decided I needed to explore the world and I spent 7 years living and working in London, UK. I was the true overseas Aussie backpacker, drinking, traveling and having fun at every opportunity. Never saying no to an adventure. Such and incredible eye opening experience, it really did broaden my compassion and way of seeing the world.
For most my life I have worked as a Graphic Designer and I also dabbled in Investment Banking for a few years as well. I must admit both careers never felt right. I always hated working in front of a computer screen - and clicking buttons to be creative- what the hell is that all about? It was so restricting and sooo frustrating, keyboards seem to have a mind of their own and never do what you ask. Aarrgghh!
In 2017 I had settled down in Australian again and I decided it was time to find some courage and start pursuing what was in my heart. I grabbed a paint brush, some paint and canvases and I began. I suddenly felt free, I was relaxed and so happy to be able to allow my creativity to flow naturally. So many joyful emotions were coming out on the canvas and nature and flowers became my favourite topic.
I continued to work my day job as a Graphic Designer whilst pursuing my painting at night. It was long days and nights, after awhile I started to get tired and burnt out. As luck would have it, in early 2019 I was made redundant at my Graphic Design job. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise and a huge kick up my butt to really get stuck into my art business. I dove head first into my painting and I have never looked back. I was waking up and doing what I loved every day!! I was doing it! I was happy! I was an artist!
I now feel so lucky to have beautiful collectors that have purchased my paintings from all over of the world and ones that continue to add to their collection from year to year.
My artwork has been seen in a variety of publications, newsletters and blog posts including Home Design magazine, Singapore’s Business Times and Art Edit magazine. I am currently exhibiting some of my paintings at Koopmans Dunkeld Gallery in Halls Gap, Victoria - the gateway to the Grampians National Park, known for its sandstone mountains, wildflowers and waterfalls. Stunning and great coffee and brunch their too!
I also believe that ‘giving’ is such a rewarding and selfless thing and that we should all try and help in any way we can. As an artist I am fortunate enough to be able to donate paintings to different charities for fundraising. My favourite charities over the years have been the Starlight Children’s Foundation, Epilepsy Australia and artforbales for the Australian Farmers.
I have always said “things happen for a reason” and I still truly believe this. Everything in my life has been for a reason and it has got me to where I am today, and I couldn’t be happier. I still have so many ideas and goals to chase and I’m looking forward to these creative adventures ahead.
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