We had the good fortune of connecting with Amber Goldhammer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amber, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I grew up in Portland, Oregon and began my artistic journey in performance arts as a gymnast at age 6. I would have gym practice everyday M-F four hours after school and competitions on Saturdays all the way to high school. It was grueling and amazing at the same time, much like painting. The structure and discipline were instilled in me at such a young age that I carried it into everything I do. However, when I paint and create, I am free from perfection and judgement, yet keep the persistent drive and discipline going strong. After several traumatic injuries, my body could no longer handle the intensity of gymnastics so my creativity shifted into visual arts. I would spend time with my grandmother who always had a paint brush, camera or needle and thread in hand, ready to make magic happen. We would spend hours every time we were together having fun, creating.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I LOVE art! When I began painting at a young age, it felt freeing to doodle and color and splatter paint. It’s how I have always painted and nothing has really changed. My art mentor would always say, “paint like a child” because the moment judgement creeps in, the fun stops. That’s exactly how I approach every artwork. Developing balance and composition while not having a plan is definitely a challenge of being an abstract artist. But with passion and dedication, that magically happens over time. I have always been an abstract artist. However, my love for street art and graffiti art was so strong, I decided to combine the two into a unique form of expression. I’m best known for writing “I Love You” because it is the most vulnerable and sincere statement a person can make to themselves and others. When people see it, they smile and often think of someone they love, or it becomes a self reflection. It’s a beautiful message to visually see everyday.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We would start in my favorite city of Santa Monica and jump on some bikes for a cruise down to the beach. Have lunch at Casa Del Mar and check out some galleries on Main St. For dinner we would sit outside and watch the sunset at Art’s Table. A drive up to Point Dume in Malibu is an absolute must for a day as well as checking out the beach at El Matador followed by dinner at the Proper Hotel on Wilshire to get design inspiration thanks to Kelly Wearstler.. An afternoon to the Grove and Farmer’s Market is always fun, followed by seeing my art at Artspace Warehouse on Beverly Blvd, Tapas at Petty Cash next door and a glass of wine at the Montage is a fabulous day. We would need two days to hit the Arts District in Downtown. So many great galleries like Ren, Mash and Gloria Delson, Hauser Wirth and Cory Helford and Berta Art Gallery. We would end with a spa day at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills to relax and take in all the fun we just had.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to my life mentor, Rassouli. His guidance and wisdom over the past 15 years has given me courage and strength to become a better person and to look at the world through compassionate eyes.
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