Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Amber Linkey, I’m a 25 year old mother and artist. I was born and raised in Phoenix. I just love making things! Acrylic is currently my favorite medium and I like to go as big as I can when possible. I paint because it feels good and I hate limits, but I also enjoy working abstractly so I can reach a larger audience.
How did you get your start?
I’ve been doing art since I can remember, it’s pretty common in my family. I used to love realism and I was pretty good at it until I started painting when I was 17. I fell in love immediately, but I was still pressuring myself to paint realistically and I got so frustrated that I stopped for a couple years. I fell in love again when I let myself do what I wanted.
What inspires you?
Sounds, colors, movement, and smells inspire me. So do all things human and emotional. I guess basically all things that remind me I’m here and alive. I like things that make an impression.
What do you like about AZ?
I like that we have mostly sunny days, I really need the sunshine. I also really love being apart of the rapid growth that’s happening within the art scene. It feels good to be right in the middle of so many talented people.
Where can we see you(r) work?
At the Walter Art Gallery at 6425 E Thomas Rd in Scottsdale! You can make an appointment to see it or you can attend my closing ceremony on October 19.
What would you like to accomplish before you die?
I don’t really have one destination but it’s really important to me that I try my best to be a force of good in the world. I want to be able to do that no matter how I feel.
What is your mantra?
This was a hard question to answer because I feel like it changes a little bit with me depending on the day and what I think I need to hear. But I would say a consistent and important theme with me is — and I don’t mean to quote a Pixar movie but — “Let it go”. It covers a lot of bases, for me it means that not everything has to mean something and that’s very okay. It’s actually beautiful, when things just are because they are and you’re able to let go and be inspired.