Ambah’s interest in body ornamentation began as a young child watching her Mother, a textile artist, creating wearable art. Ambah has since continued to explore many artistic mediums, including painting.
As a teenager during a visit to the USA, Ambah met airbrush body artist, Star Shields, this was her first connection with the concept of body art…and it certainly made an impression. A few years later she invested in her first Body Art make up kit and hasn’t looked back!
Fourteen years on, Ambah has become well recognised in the International Face & Body Art community, with regular feature articles and contributitions to several industry publications including “Illusions” face and body art magazine, “American Face Painter“, online publication brushstrokesmag.com and facepaintingtips.com where she contributes monthly blog posts. She is also in the new “Illusions and Friends” book to be released September 2010.
Ambah works across Australia and Internationally with her Body Painting assignments, some highlights include a two week event in Hong Kong, painting a body each day within a purpose built class cube as a part of a launch for Elements Mall a high end shopping centre and body painting for the Launch of VAustralia Airlines at both the Sydney and LA events
Ambah is in demand to teach her unique style in workshops and conventions in Australia, New Zealand and USA, she was invited to teach at the 2009 FABAIC (Face and Body Artist International Convention) Orlando, USA. Since returning Ambah has run regular workshops throughout Australia and will be touring her workshops Internationally in 2011. Ambah was an instructor at the 2011 ABAA & Convention and will return in 2012. In particular Ambah has been noted for her jewellery themes in Face and Body Art designs, this is one of the themes of her popular workshops.
Ambah won first for the Special FX Body Painting category at the Australian Body Art Awards (ABAA) 2011, She placed 2nd in the Melbourne Body Art Competition (MBA 2011, she has also been named ”Queen of the Hill” for both face and body painting and has won and placed in several of the Snazaroo compititions. In 2012 Ambah won first place in the New Zealand Body Art Festival Face Painting Catergory.
In 2012 Ambah has been Guest Judge at the New Zealand Body Painting Awards, Lake Taupo and also at the Australian Body Art Awards.
In addition to Body Art, Ambah explores working with textiles and jewellery to make wearable creations in addition to constructing sculptural headpieces and accessories to complement her body art designs.
Ambah’s diverse artistic experience includes painting and living in Outback Australia with Indigenous Artists, including some surreal desert-magic experiences. These adventures deepened Ambah’s interest in communities and is reflected in her painting themes.
Ambah had her first solo exhibition of paintings at age 18. She has since been involved in several group exhibitions and recieves many comissions for her work in Mixed Media, including an installation in Hong Kong.
Ambah lives with her Architect (and sometimes body painter) partner and their son