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Amber Jean

An established leader in western design, Amber brought her fine art to woodworking and furniture.

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Amber Jean

Amber Jean

Born in Wyoming and raised in Montana, Amber Jean's work is infused with her connection to and appreciation of the West yet reflects influences from her formal art education in both Europe and America. Her unique approach to wood combines the use of intricate carved detail, rich color, and intense creativity. She first appeared in the media at age six when she took first place in a national drawing competition. Years later while in high school, her artwork was selected to represent talented youth, and was displayed both in the rotunda of Montana's capitol and at our nation's capitol in Washington DC. Trusting her talents, Amber left Montana at the age of seventeen for Europe. While in Germany, she showed her portfolio to the director of the Bremer Kunstshule and was asked to be a guest student. She found herself most intrigued by the incredible carvings and sculptures she saw outside the classroom. Returning to America after a year abroad, Amber received many awards and scholarships that fueled her studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Montana State University.

Established as a leader in western design, Amber has brought her fine art to furniture. A carved bed she created for WDC 1999 "took both breath and awards away" according to a feature written by Elizabeth Clair Flood for Cowboys and Indians magazine. She feels passionate about creating memorable sculpted furniture and considers it a compliment when people respond emotionally to her works. "Trees inspire me... especially juniper. Juniper is sculpted by extreme climates reflecting the twists and turns of life. Sanding juniper is like polishing stone; the discovery of brilliant color beneath the weathered rough exterior is a gift of nature. The trick is to use the found elements with the thoughts, stories, emotions and imagery of my carving. When carving, power tools help me remove wood quickly but it is during the long hours of intense hand carving that the magic happens and wood comes alive."


Continued on page 2:  Realistically carved images in rich, vibrant colors

 

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Comments (16)
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homerharding1194271 wrote:

THIS WOMAN CLEARLY HAS A GOD GIFTED TALENT, IM PROUD SHE USES IT INSTEAD OF LETTING IT GO TO WASTE.GREAT JOB. RICK

7/31/2010 10:01:34 PM Report Abuse
dacquay1 wrote:

Modern day Michelangelo. Truly a renaissance woman.

7/24/2010 08:51:53 AM Report Abuse
HalSaydah wrote:

This work is just so amazing, and just unbelievable. It's so cool that someone can do this.

7/22/2010 08:14:57 PM Report Abuse
Bogaertl wrote:

Awsome talent

7/22/2010 06:12:36 PM Report Abuse
ageorgefoulk wrote:

The only thing I can say is WOW

7/22/2010 05:20:20 PM Report Abuse
shapij wrote:

Her pieces *are* emotionally moving to me. I sometime see the discussion on sites about the differences between, artisan, craftsman, etc. This woman make the difference quite clear. An artist draws a unique emotional response from each individual in his or her audience. You can be a craftsman and not be an artist, and vice versa. Amber combines the two into a tour de force.

7/22/2010 03:47:49 PM Report Abuse
krsperry wrote:

Her insight and ablility to see the image so clearly in her mind, is truely, astounding. It looks as though she has a very beautiful heart and it comes out in her work.:)

7/22/2010 02:54:36 PM Report Abuse
browntedandkay wrote:

Have attended the Western Design Conference and greatly admire all work shown there...but Amber's work stands alone. This is the level I sought but, at age 73, have never attained. Would really like to know more about her staining and finishing techniques.

7/22/2010 02:03:30 PM Report Abuse
jpclemens1147 wrote:

From THE CLEMMER! IT'S THE BEST CARVING AND DESIGN THAT I'VE EVER HAD SEEN, IN MY LIFETTME>

7/22/2010 01:33:21 PM Report Abuse
jpclemens1147 wrote:

From the CLEMMER IT'S theBEST THAT IVE RVRE HAD SEEN IN MY LIFETIME.

7/22/2010 01:23:39 PM Report Abuse
camelotww1278036 wrote:

Webster's New World College Dictionary- Fourth Edition, notoriety-1 the quality or state of being notorious. notorious-1 well-know: publicly discussed. Enjoy and appreciate her beautiful work. She does deserve NOTORIETY.

7/22/2010 12:19:53 PM Report Abuse
dan1931 wrote:

I will give you anew word. (Fantabulis) Dan the Man

7/22/2010 12:07:41 PM Report Abuse
boingr wrote:

I was going to make the same comment about notoriety. Same root word as "notorious"...

7/22/2010 11:55:40 AM Report Abuse
ashmore556333 wrote:

I agree with dfilkins. You should look up notoriety on www.dictionary.com. The synonyms for notoriety are disrepute, ill-repute, shame, infamy. I'm sure that is not what you meant.

7/22/2010 11:28:55 AM Report Abuse
HBVince wrote:

Her work is awesome.

7/22/2010 11:20:04 AM Report Abuse
dfilkins2 wrote:

Notoriety?

7/22/2010 11:15:48 AM Report Abuse

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