Amber Moran employs an unusual technique to create delightful paintings with a tropical theme. See more of her watercolor and ink images on her website.
I am a watercolor and ink fine artist and reside in a beautiful small community called Hobe Sound on Florida’s Treasure Coast. My husband and I have lived here since 2004 and both of our teenage boys were born here.
My passion for art and nature started at a young age, far away from the ocean. I grew up next to our family dairy farm in Central New York where I would often study textures in tree bark and leaves or look at turkey feathers that I found in the woods, search for wildflowers, study frogs and whatever my sister would pick up for me, of course. I loved to draw trees and the animals around the farm.
I was first influenced by my creatively-minded parents. My mom can sew absolutely anything and creates beautiful quilts. My dad is a fine woodworking artist that can build and carve absolutely anything with his hand-built tools.
For as long as I can remember, I have loved to draw and had a special fascination with trees, textured fabrics, handmade paper and handmade book bindings and books. In college I studied computer art and design and studio art with an emphasis in printmaking. I went on to earn my Masters in Education degree from Elmira College in Upstate New York.
Watercolor painting came a little later, after moving to South Florida and having our boys. I wasn’t fond of working with watercolors in college and found it extremely challenging.
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After a time—and maybe because it wasn’t for a grade and I definitely had more patience—it just seemed to click!
Now I can’t imagine creating work without using them in some way. I absolutely love working with watercolor paints as well as watercolor markers, pencils and sticks.
Fast forward to today. I gain inspiration from the sights and sounds of coastal beaches, canals, nearby fishing villages, Florida state parks and hiking trails. I create a unique take on the Florida lifestyle.
My goal is to draw the viewer into each painting so they feel as if they are swimming in coral alongside the fish, canoeing under the cypress trees and hearing the sounds blowing through the palm trees above. I like to think of my art style as “Thinking out of the box.”
I want to help the viewer focus on a particular section of my artwork while seeing the whole picture. I achieve this by creating a “window” of color on a section of the painting with watercolor paints. Then I extend my work out onto the mat with black watercolor paint and ink. Lately I have incorporated hand-illustrated cutouts to create layers and dimension within the artwork.
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