Amber Halsall

Amber trained at the University of Creative Arts in Canterbury. She then went on to specialise in watercolour and coloured pencil in botanical art. Amber currently works on private commissions and teaches botanical and watercolour classes. Her work is highly detailed with a contemporary style. She is a Fellow Member of the Society of Botanical Artists, exhibits regularly in London and Germany, and has sold work to private collections in the UK, Germany, France and China.

What is your approach to teaching?

I teach in a structured way using regular demonstrations. Students are encouraged to explore subject matter and test materials before embarking on a finished piece. Time is spent with students on a one to one basis to enable them to achieve their specific goals.

What inspires your own work?

Originally inspired by a trip to Kew Gardens in 1995 I am often captivated by the complex structures and textures that nature gives us. My aim is to show the beauty and detail of these by using layers of watercolour to build depth with a dry brush technique on top.

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