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Inspiration

AMBER-LAUREN FINE ART

FROM THE AGE OF 5, I WANTED TO BE AN ARTIST. IT WAS ALL I EVER WANTED. AT 11 YEARS OLD I WAS REPRESENTING MY COUNTRY AS AN ACROBATIC GYMNAST AND AFTER WINNING MANY TITLES, I WAS HORRENDOUSLY BULLIED BY MY COACH FOR SUPPOSEDLY BEING 'FAT'! IT CAUSED MANY HEALTH ISSUES AND WHEN I WENT TO COLLEGE, MY ARTWORK WAS ALL ABOUT SAD BODY IMAGES WHICH WERE VERY DARK AND REFLECTIVE OF MY MENTAL STATE. ALTHOUGH I GOT TRIPLE ***DISTINCTIONS FOR MY COURSE, I DIDN'T MAKE IT INTO THE COLLEGE OF MY CHOICE AND THEN ALL I WANTED TO DO WAS BE A PROFESSIONAL ARTIST! I DIDN’T HAVE AN UNDERPRIVILEGED BACKGROUND BUT BECAUSE OF WHAT HAPPENED TO ME, MY MOTHER SUGGESTED I CONTACT THE PRINCE'S TRUST AS THEY HELP VULNERABLE YOUNG ADULTS TO BECOME ENTREPRENEURIAL. I WENT ALONG TO SEE WHAT IT WAS ALL ABOUT AND HAVEN'T LOOKED BACK SINCE.

I LEARNED SO MANY IMPORTANT LESSONS TO HELP START AND RUN MY BUSINESS AND IT WAS INCREDIBLE TO HAVE A MENTOR WHO WAS A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSMAN. MOST IMPORTANTLY, THE TRUST HAS GIVEN ME A CONFIDENCE THAT I DON'T BELIEVE I COULD'VE GOT ANYWHERE ELSE. I WROTE TO HRH PRINCE CHARLES, TOLD HIM OF MY SUCCESS AND THANKED HIM FOR FOUNDING THIS WONDERFUL ORGANISATION. TO MY DELIGHT AND SURPRISE, I RECEIVED A VERY PERSONAL AND ENCOURAGING REPLY. I PAINTED HIS PORTRAIT IN HONOUR OF HIS DEDICATION TO ALL YOUNG PEOPLE!

I PAINT EVERY DAY AT SOME POINT AND RECENTLY FINISHED A COLLECTION OF TWENTY FOUR 1.2X 1M CANVAS POP-ART PORTRAITS. I HAVE EXHIBITED THEM IN THE PRINCE’S TRUST’S TOMORROW’S STORE, FITZROVIA, CHELSEA AND AT THE ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND IN THE HEART OF THE CITY. I TEACH ART TO CHILDREN AND ADULTS 6 DAYS A WEEK AND I’M SO PROUD TO SEE THEM AS THEY LEAVE, CLUTCHING THEIR CREATIONS AND WANTING TO COME BACK FOR MORE! WE ARE USUALLY JOINED IN MY STUDIO BY MY BENGAL RESCUE CAT BANKSY, WHERE I ENCOURAGE MY STUDENTS NOT TO FOLLOW THE NORM AND EXPRESS THEMSELVES ON CANVAS OR PAPER HOWEVER THEY CHOOSE.

I AM AN AVID FUNDRAISER AND I'VE DONATED WORK AND RAISED THOUSANDS OF POUNDS FOR CHARITIES INCLUDING: THE PRINCE'S TRUST, THE ROYAL MARSDEN HOSPITAL, THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION, RAYS OF SUNSHINE, B-EAT, THE TOWER PROJECT, THE BOW ART'S PROJECT AND UNICEF. MY LIFE IS FULL ON AND I COULDN'T BE FURTHER FROM THOSE GLOOMY DAYS AND THE COACH WHO NEARLY DESTROYED ALL THAT I WAS. THE PRINC'ES TRUST WAS AN ABSOLUTE SILVER LINING FROM THAT DARK CLOUD THAT HUNG OVER ME ALL THOSE YEARS AGO AND THEY RECENTLY HONOURED MY ACHIEVEMENTS BY MAKING ME A YOUNG AMBASSADOR. IT’S A HUGE HONOUR TO REPRESENT THE CHARITY THAT HELPED PUT ME ON THE ART WORLD MAP AND I’M NOW ABLE TO INSPIRE OTHER YOUNG PEOPLE TO ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS. MY ROLE ALSO INCLUDES PUBLIC SPEAKING TO POTENTIAL INVESTORS ON BEHALF OF THE TRUST.

I HAVE SEVERAL CELEBRITY CLIENTS AND ADVOCATES OF MY WORK AND THESE INCLUDE PIRELLI F1 MOTORSPORT, LEWIS HAMILTON, SIR RICHARD BRANSON, SIR JOHN MADJESKI, SONIA MEADEN OBE (MOTHER OF DRAGON DEBORAH) AND BOND FILM STARS SIR ROGER MOORE KBE AND FIONA FULLERTON WHO HAS TWO OF MY PAINTINGS IN HER CHELTENHAM HOME.

I RECENTLY STARTED A NEW STYLE OF ABSTRACTS WHICH ARE PROVING VERY POPULAR AND LUCRATIVE AND I JUST RECEIVED A MAJOR COMMISSION FROM A SOUTH AFRICAN CLIENT FOR HIS MAJORCAN HOME. IMPRESSED BY MY WORK, DEDICATION AND ENTHUSIASM, HE INTRODUCED ME TO ‘BEERS’ LONDON GALLERY AND DIRECTOR AND AUTHOR (100 ARTISTS OF TOMORROW) KURT BEERS, HAS INVITED ME TO SUBMIT MY WORK FOR HIS ‘CONTEMPORARY VISION VII’ EXHIBITION IN EARLY 2017.

I’M JUST IN THE PROCESS OF ORGANISING ANOTHER EXHIBITION IN ISLINGTON NEAR CHRISTMAS TIME, BUT FIRST, A NUMBER OF MY POP ART COLLECTION WILL BE ON SHOW IN LONDON THIS AUTUMN AS PART OF A GALA EVENING FOR FORMER SPICE GIRLS COSTUME DESIGNER, DEE IZMAIL. IT WILL BE A HUGELY PRESTIGIOUS CHARITY EVENT AT PUTNEY BRIDGE TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE KAWASAKI FUND FOR TERMINALLY ILL CHILDREN AND I’M VERY THRILLED TO HAVE BEEN INVITED!

I’M DELIGHTED TO BE ABLE TO SAY THAT THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT……IT’S NOT ORANGE, BUT A LOVELY GLOWING AMBER!!!!

Amber-Lauren Ballantyne-Styles

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