Artwork by Amber Grady Fuller
One of my recent drawings was accepted for this International Art Exposition by Fusion Art (mine is right around the 5 minute mark)
Artwork provides a safe place where observers are encouraged to not only look at the technical quality of the work but also experience emotion. Observers have an opportunity to empathize with the artist, but also feel hints of unexplored emotions within themselves. The process of creating art is usually an emotional process that is not seen by an observer. However, the emotions of the artist can create an emotional response from observers. It is this internal emotional connection that determines if someone likes a piece of art or doesn't. Like many women, I have endured trauma as a survivor of domestic violence and this experience allows me deep emotions to draw from when developing art. It was during my personal healing process from PTSD that I discovered how deeply art and emotions are intertwined.
I was raised in the Southwest, mainly Los Alamos, NM and Longmont, CO. I raised three children, who are now young adults as a single mother. Recently I moved to the Midwestern United States (South Elgin, IL) to enhance the experience of beginning a new chapter in my own life as I prepare to officially become an 'Empty Nester'. This chapter of my life journey is focused on embracing the change as an adventure. Moving many miles from my childhood home has provided an unexpected experience of learning how to be part of a completely different culture, even while living in the same country.
The first time I shared one of my oil paintings in public, it won Reserve Grand Championship in the 2016 county fair. A couple of my recent drawings have been shown in online art galleries, local galleries and magazines. As a child art was something I've always loved, while many things have changed over the years my adoration for art has never wavered. In college I took a number of drawing courses and settled on pencils of all types as a personal favorite medium. About 3 years ago I began painting with oils under the direction of artist Karen Wray of Los Alamos, New Mexico. Working with oils taught me a number of things about color theory in addition to how different mediums are used and the different development processes.
My hope is that my artwork will continue to inspire emotional connection for those who see it. My personal style has shifted slightly during the various stages of healing from trauma, but the general theme remains one of hope and healing. My work is now recognized by fellow artists as something that brings emotion to art in a way that simply can't be taught.