Mural at Birdie’s Cafe, Artist: Amber Ramirez

Why do you create art?

“To put it simply it’s my passion. I do it for many many reasons really, it’s a form of expression, it’s a stress reliever, a stress inducer, a form of extra income, a career. When I am not at my regular job I am home, working on art. It’s what I do 🙂”

Amber Ramirez, Photo Credit: Lance Garber and Sherri Hosfeld Joseph

In your opinion, what is an artist?

“I feel like anyone who creates is an artist, anyone who turns their ideas into reality. Vague I know, but art isn’t specific.”

Animal skull necklace, Artist: Amber Ramirez

What inspired your artistic journey?

“I’ve always wanted to do what I love, even if it’s a hard and broke road. I am determined to eventually live off of what I love. I don’t want to work a office job and do my passion on the side, yes sometimes that is what you have to do to pay the bills but I want my passion to pay the bills. So I will work my butt off until I get to that point. Determination is my inspiration.”

What is your dream for the future of your art?

“I would love to see my art walking around, all over the united states, maybe even the world. My dream is to be a tattoo artist. Not only would I love to see it on skin, but in peoples homes on canvas, and jewelry, and maybe even clothing.”

The Art of Amber Ramirez’s Earring display at Birdie’s Cafe

What’s your favorite medium?

“Prismacolor pencils, they are soft leaded and blend so easily! Next up would be good ol’ acrylic paint.”

What/who are your inspirations?

“Nature plays a huge part in most of my art. I love skulls, crystals, bugs, herbs. I also love basing some of my art off of cryptid creatures, the paranormal, and folklore. People wise, Alphonse Mucha, Amy Brown, Linda Ravenscroft, Glenn Arthur, Andy Swartz, and Teniele Sadd to name a few.”

Thumbnail sketch
In coloring process
Coloring finished
Completed necklace

What is your favorite part of your process?

“I would have to say turning a thumbnail sketch into an actual piece. When I am making anything be it a painting or a piece of jewelry, I always make a little sketch first. Once I sketch something I am satisfied with I will redraw it bigger on what ever material I am using. I love that. Turning a little idea into a finished piece.”

Artist: Amber Ramirez
Artist: Amber Ramirez
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