Amber Emm, originally a sign-writer, has been a working as an artist since 1990 when she started to paint water-colours as a hobby. In 1992 Emm had her first solo exhibition, which was an enormous success. In 1999 she was invited to demonstrate for an art group and with their feedback was convinced to begin teaching. She now leads six classes a week at the ‘Art Corner’ in Whenuapai, Auckland, where she teaches water-colours, acrylic and oil painting.
The main inspirations for Emm's work has been boats, the seaside and the coastal fauna and flora of New Zealand, but in more recent times she has turned her attention to the garden and rediscovered a driving passion to recreate the pockets of beauty which are in our own backyards - especially the beauty of flowers like cherry blossoms, daffodils, dahlias, gerberas, rhododendrons - where she brilliantly captures contrast and detail by reducing the background to achieve a distinctive focus full of illumination and light.
“As long as it has good light and colour I will paint just about anything … I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to work at something I love.”
Since 1999 Emm has annually entered her work into the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadrons Nautical Art Exhibition held in Auckland. Each year has been more successful than the last, culminating in her winning ‘People’s Choice’ in 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2007. In 2004, Emm was the winner of the ‘Laurie Coons Award for Landscape’ held by the ‘North Shore Arts Awards’; took 2nd place at the ‘Auckland Royal Easter Show 2006’ in the ‘Professional Acrylic and Oil’ section; and published as one of New Zealand’s favourite artists in “New Zealand’s favourite Artists 2008”, by Denise Robinson.
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