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Greenhill Humane Society’s 5th Annual “Art for Animals” Auction & Benefit

Greenhill Humane Society is having their 5th annual “Art for Animals” auction November 18th, 2011 and I will be donating several pieces…check it out at! There’s only one thing more fun than painting, and that is painting for a good cause! If you are a fellow artist and would like to donate a piece of original artwork, check out the submission guidelines here.  

Special Charity Project for Cambodia…One Painting of Your Choice $50

I am running a special this month to raise funds for a cause close to my heart…$50 will get you any painting that I have available for sale right now, and 100% of the money goes straight to New Life Fellowship in Cambodia, where I volunteered for almost two years. Go to my website, and click on the “Donate to Cambodia” page. Or just go directly to and navigate to their “donate” page. Show me the receipt of your $50 donation, and take home your painting. Every $50 increment will get you another painting.  I’m excited to see how this little fundraiser goes, and if it is successful, hope to get more artists enlisted for the cause and do some art pieces that feature scenes from places I visited during my stay in Cambodia. Because the paintings are rather large and difficult to ship, I’m only doing this as a local endeavor and require pick-up in person; however, if this proves successful, I will certainly offer shipping of pieces in the future. I can meet you anywhere between Central Point and Ashland, we’ll just have to coordinate schedules.

I am still very close friends with so many of the people I met while I was over there, and have a close connection with many of the families that have been helped by their work. New Life Fellowship provides free English, Computer, Office and Job skills training in the capital city of Phnom Penh, and they build community centers in the rural villages where they provide free health and sanitation education, better agricultural practices instruction, and provide small business start up funds. They have helped to put hundreds of underprivileged children through school as well as providing support to the family, if the family is present. I taught some of the English classes while I was there, I visited the community centers and even painted a few murals. Now that I’m back home, I am determined to find creative ways to continue to help such a worthy cause.

Please feel free to shoot me an email or a phone call if you have any questions or would like to request a custom piece in exchange for you $50 donation, which I would be happy to do :)

SOAR Welcomes Artist Amber Martinez!

Orange Bird on Damask, original acrylic on canvas by Amber Martinez

Orange Bird on Damask, original acrylic on canvas by Amber Martinez

The Southern Oregon Artists Resource is pleased to welcome contemporary artist Amber Martinez to the Visual Artists directory! Amber is a Southern Oregon artist who has painted on walls from Oregon to Cambodia. She believes in affordable, accessible art and enjoys creating large, bold paintings in contemporary styles, as well as classic portraits, landscapes and drawings. She received her training at Southern Oregon Art School and Rogue Community College, as well as private lessons.

Amber’s contact information and links can be found in her new listing HERE. Please take a moment to check it out and visit her links. We will also be syndicating Amber’s blog here at Art Matters! You can view her previously published posts by finding her under the Contributed Posts menu tab above. We look forward to seeing her new posts come in as she has news to share with Southern Oregon…and the world! When in Medford, you can currrently see her work at the American Mercantile, 1314 Court Street, Booth 19.


Let’s get to know what’s behind Amber’s art…in her own words:

I believe strongly in giving back to the community and to the world I live in…as the old saying goes, “We can all eat an elephant if we all take a bite!” Well, I’m not interested in eating any elephants but I AM eager to do my part to make the world a better place to live for all people by sharing a bit of everything I receive with those who need it most.

One of the ways I have done this is by teaching a free community art class for Junior High and High School age students once a week as an after school program. The goal of this class was to offer a place to come for all students after school and participate in something that builds confidence and enriches self-esteem, builds friendship, offers a constructive use of their free time, and in the long run increases art appreciation in our community. This class was free of charge and open to all students of Junior High and High School age, offered one day per week at Joy Christian Fellowship in Medford. This class was  part of Circle Youth Ministries Youth Center Community Outreach program…check out all the great things they are doing at

Another exciting opportunity to give back through my art is by donating the proceeds from the sales of selected works of art to those in need. I spent almost two years doing volunteer work at a nonprofit organization in Cambodia called New Life Foundation, which is affiliated with New Life Fellowship of Churches. They are making a huge difference in the lives of the Cambodian people in over 50 villages. I was able to spend a lot of time in some of the villages, building relationships with many of the families and children whose lives have been changed by the generosity of individuals like you and I. My work also had me spending much time “behind the scenes” of the organization, and I was able to see firsthand how they handle the financial and administrative side of things which built my trust in their integrity. Check out their website at

I will occasionally offer paintings for sale exclusively for raising funds for New Life Foundation in Cambodia, and 100% of the proceeds of  these sales will be donated. Additionally, I have donated artwork in the past to organizations when used for a good cause…in 2010, I donated three original paintings to a group raising funds to send relief to Haiti. They were able to sell the paintings at a benefit auction and donate the funds. Please feel free to contact me if you would like art donated for a good cause!

Spring has sprung, and I’ve got the painting itch

I have been looking out my office window the past couple weeks, seeing the empty field next to my office full of yellow and purple wildflowers, the hazy mountains behind, and it’s all I can do to sit tight and not abandon all for my easel and paints. The stuff that I’ve been doing recently has been more along the lines of “just for fun” and is more graphic and decorative in nature than the time-consuming, all-absorbing pieces that I used to churn out fresh out of art school – the stuff I used to do that qualified as “real art”. However, something in me is crying out for a challenge once again and I’ve been inextricably drawn to the lush landscapes I’ve been seeing lately.  I’ve been looking with yearning glances at my neglected charcoal pencils collecting dust as I walk past them in the garage. It’s been such a busy season for so long that I’ve had to “back shelf”  the painting urge, churning out quick and fun stuff in the spare moments I can muster, but I can feel that a re-emergence of my art’s true expression is fast approaching…I am looking forward to seeing what happens!

Hot Orange? Yes, Please!

I was browsing through the paint aisle earlier today, when something bright and shiny caught my eye…a neon orange paint chip!! This color has become my new muse and you’ll be seeing a lot of it…until another paint chip jumps out at me. Here’s the first of more to come.

Current Project

Click to view slideshow.I woke up this morning and could barely move, I was so sore from my big project this weekend…8 separate pieces measuring 4×4′ each, but had to be painted laid out all together like one big piece. That’s the best workout I’ve had in a long time! These panels are going up in the sanctuary at Joy Christian Fellowship, as part of their current remodel/update. I will post pics again as soon as we have them installed up on the wall…more coming soon!!

Progress on booth at American Mercantile!

Here’s the progress so far at my new booth downtown, it’s almost done!! (Booth R19). I’m selling these at $25 each or $39.95 for a set of two. Get ‘em while they’re hot!! Soaps are priced at $3.00 and $3.95.

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Back at It!!

Well, after a very long break from doing anything artistic, I’m finally back at it and crankin’ out some paintings!! I also picked up a new hobby along the way, and now am selling handmade soaps as well ☺ I’ve opened up a new booth at American Mercantile in downtown Medford, and will be displaying both my paintings and my handmade soap (for dirt cheap, by the way). I will be there for most of the day tomorrow, so come down and pay me a visit!!


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“Tailgate” party this Sunday at Bear Creek Park amphitheater!

Hi everyone, you can find me this Sunday at Bear Creek Park amphitheater doing facepainting for kids! The event is a city wide “Tailgate party” being put on by my church (Joy Christian Fellowship) and there will be free food and activities, a jumphouse for the kids, and of course an encouraging message preached by our wonderful pastor. We’ve done this annually for around 10 years or so now, but this will be the first time we’ve had it at the park. We’re hoping it will bring the community together for a perfect day in the park!

Sunday May 30th, 10:30 am, Bear Creek Park Ampitheater

My 1-day weeklong project (Updated)

I began a project last Sunday night that should have only taken half a day to finish…now here it is a whole week later, the painter’s tape still up and my painting junk sprawled all over the tiny bathroom (justified every time I see it by saying to myself that I’m just about to get to that…this evening, I’m sure). Procastination wouldn’t be such a problem if I were more aware of how much time has passed me by…I seem to lose track of days and here I am a week later saying, has it seriously been a whole week? How did that happen? So my plans this evening are to actually finish up in there and get some pics posted of the finished project. We’ll see if my intentions actually materialize!

I think part of the problem is that this is a project I have to do (for my dear mother…how could I say no?) and it is standing in between the project I really want to be doing (a big mural on my kitchen wall) so subconsciencly I’m protesting. In fact, I should be painting right now instead of sitting here writing in this blog…I think I’m just stalling now. Ok, here we go…1,2,3 go paint!!

**UPDATE May 28th**

Ok, so this has almost become a 1-day TWO WEEK LONG project…worked a little bit on it after this original post, got sidetracked, and finally tackled it this evening. This project is in the world’s tiniest bathroom, and I’m afraid the pattern is way too busy considering how close-up and claustrophobic in there everything is. I think I’m going to tone down the contrast by topping it off with a beige glaze. That will lessen the visual “severity” of the impact. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE this pattern in high contrast…just not over a wall that is a few inches away from my face at any angle! Here’s the pics of what I have so far (the very top isn’t done yet, I can’t decide to extend the stencil or do a painted faux border.)