Hi there, I'm Amber Gittins, a quiet country bumpkin who has a love 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 professionally 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, travelling 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 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 flowers became my favourite topic.
Why do I paint flowers? ...because I love the emotional significance behind them, I love all their beautiful colours and their unique and intriguing structures that give them their own identity.
For centuries flowers have been known to have a connection with our emotions. Whether its love, joy, affection, appreciation, sympathy, romance or apologies. For me, flowers create instant delight and happiness, and I respond with a big smile and a positive mood.
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 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!