Artist Appreciation: Amber Robinson
Amber Robinson is a phenomenal artist from Richmond, Virginia. Her intricate paintings and mixed media works are mesmerizing and story telling. You definitely have to be a person that pays attention to detail to really appreciate the pieces she creates. She is the definition of artsy and her authenticity shows that she only strives to fully be herself. From first impression alone you can see that she is beautiful from the inside out. I hope she inspires you as she's inspired me.
If you had a chance to experience the life of any artist who would it be?
I admire a lot of creatives, poets, writers, photographers, dancers, directors, actors, musicians. I don't know which artist's life I would like to experience. Mostly because I don't know any of their lives well enough. I might pick an artist because I enjoy the work they created but that's all I've got to go off of. I am trying my best to study the lives of artists from the past because the truth is a lot of it gets idealized. And I find it so interesting how we take an artist's work and kind of let it overshadow the artist's life, mental health, or personality. I think a lot of artists struggle, or deal with very un-glamorous things. All artists just live a human life. Their response to life, creating art work, is only a reaction in the end and that is very nice and individual.
As creatives we are always evolving, no matter how long we've worked at perfecting our craft. How long have you had a passion for painting? What is one area of growth you are most looking forward to?
I have been making art since I was a kid. I've had a passion for creating since then as well. I have always used it as a release of emotions. It has been therapeutic and helpful, both to express my emotions and to figure out the world around me. The area of growth I'm most looking forward to is expanding my creativity. I am really interested in all the possible ways I can be inspired and what effects it will have on my imagination. I want to see how much my style can progress and grow. I am open to stylistic changes and new processes of making.
What are your dreams/goals as an artist?
My dreams and goals as an artist are both internal and external. What I want for myself as an artist is to never feel any kind of pressure about what I should or should not be doing. I want this to remain a genuine expression; something I do because it is what I was born to do. To never forget that. Externally, I want my art to produce very genuine connections with others. I want to share so many special moments with people and see what is evoked within them because of the moment art has given us. I want to teach, or have some kind of opportunity to help others use art as a tool to reveal what is within them.
Who/what inspires you?
I am inspired by life experiences! I am infinitely inspired by the people around me and all the things in the natural and subjunctive world. But mostly: feelings. My own feelings and the feelings others have or may have when interacting with my work. And because of these inspirations it all results in me wanting to story-tell. The art of story-telling; finding a way to convey feelings or a finding to another person is so entrancing to me. I look for it in everything.
What do you want people to see or feel when they look at your artwork?
I hope viewers look at my art and see me- to an extent, but ultimately humanity. I like to make art about the universal themes I’ve salvaged from life experiences. I am a personal person; I usually keep a lot of things to myself. My art is kind of my way of feeling less lonely. It is an invitation to exercise empathy. I hope viewers will relate to the themes of my work and be able to find their own meaningful interpretation. I want viewers to feel free when they look at my work, free to relate, free to tell their own story, free to claim their own moment, free to see common ground.