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Born in Northern California, Amber Palmer naturally brings images of expansive skies, meandering rivers, tall grass, symmetrically planted orchards and rice marshes. Her artwork is influenced by the mood and atmosphere of Northern California's changing seasons. She expresses her creative voice through both watercolor media and photography. 


Amber's watercolor art and photography work are exhibited in national juried exhibitions, invitational shows, museums, and commercial galleries and local businesses and private collections. 


Amber states: “I find a state of reverie and focused meditation while in the creative process.”

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Amber Palmer and The Community

  • Past regional and state director for Very Special Arts.

  • Curated art exhibitions at the Enloe Regional Cancer Center,  Ronald Regan Library Gallery, Children's Gallery in the California State Capital, California Governor’s Chambers and several private galleries.

  • Local Awards: 6 time recipient of the Chico Mayor’s Award, Chico Art Council Annie Award

  • Volunteered as the fine art consultant for Patrick Ranch Museum: coordinating art shows, children’s activities and fundraisers

  • Enloe Cancer Center Volunteer – Fine arts committee. Artist lessons for the Healing Arts Gallery

  • Mind Vacations Through Watercolor Painting development and instructor

  • Fine Arts Consulting Business – Coordinates art workshops for local and national artists and teach individual lessons and group workshops on water media techniques.  Mind Vacations through Watercolor.

  • Develop, administrate and lead travel art retreats for individual participants

  • Coordinated the Gateway Museum’s community garden: art show and a children’s art program in coordination with the nutrition program through CSUC.

  • Past Chairperson of the Butte County Water Color Society and the Chico Arts Center

  • Exhibited work – Many local and national juried exhibitions and galleries.  Currently Amber's paintings and photography can be viewed at Sally Dimas Gallery, Amber Palmer Studio Gallery, Umpqua Bank, Broadway Heights, and Red Tavern.

  • Chico News & Review “Voice of Visual Arts” for Artober 2010.

  • Thresholds – Brain Injury Coalition, Interactive art therapy, 2016

  • North Valley Art League – 2016 Small Painting Show

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Amber Palmer

"I’ve been teaching Mind Vacation Watercolor Workshops for more than seven years and have hundreds of students who've participated in these monthly workshops. Several workshop participants have blossomed as watercolorists in their own right. While others continue to let go in the atmosphere of the mind vacation workshop sessions in the studio. During each workshop session,  I share watercolor tips and demonstrate techniques. My classes meet a need for practical, encouraging, clear demonstration of watercolor techniques. Though I’ve painted for many years, I still consider myself a student of watercolor just like my students. We are all in the same boat needing motivation, encouragement and community as we journey together. It is my approachability that makes my classes so welcome to my students."


"I am honest about my struggles to master new painting techniques and subjects, while fearlessly sharing what I have learned so far," 

In addition to her passion for painting, Amber Palmer is a licensed marriage family therapist with an active practice in Chico CA. "For the past 30 years, I have counseled with individuals and groups;  and I often use the creative arts and art therapy as a major role in the healing process. I continue to conduct conferences and presentations to professional and collegial groups utilizing art therapy and creative expression as a therapeutic model."

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