Amber Halsall



Amber first became interested in Botanical Art after a trip to Kew Gardens in 1995, having previously undertaken a fine Art degree at Canterbury Art College. After moving to Tunbridge Wells she became inspired to follow her interests and had work accepted by the Society of Botanical Artists, becoming a full member of the Society (SBA) in 2009. She is kept busy juggling the demands of family life with her passion for painting and regularly gives talks to schools, demonstrates and is available for teaching.

Amber loves to work in coloured pencil and watercolour, having developed her own technique applying acrylic ink as a base with coloured pencil to add top-layer detail. Her favourite subjects are vegetable and  autumnal, inspired during long walks in the local forest to collect specimens.  She particularly enjoys the challenge of portraying a subject apparently in motion and in 3D, executed in a contemporary style.  She has recently been experimenting with a mix of loose and more detailed styles in the same picture.

Work has been sold on a commission basis to many different countries including China, Germany, America and France, and she has won various awards.  In 2012 Amber exhibited at the ‘Not the White Cube’ Olympic Exhibition. In 2014 she was delighted to be awarded the Great Art Award for her body of work at the Society of Botanical Artists Exhibition in London. She is proud to have been exhibiting at Florum for a number of years. Amber plans to continue to develop her style to push creative boundaries.