My drawings and paintings depict my experiences from my every day life and visual show how I interpret the world around me with my strong Native American heritage and traditions. My pieces have an illustrative and narrative quality with them as I bridge the traditional Native American subjects with more modern contemporary styles. I grew up in a home immersed with my different Native cultures and languages of my mother’s people, the Navajo, as well as my father’s people, the Sac & Fox and Prairie Band Potawatomi. I work with old and new in various ways to create a bridge for viewers to see these traditions differently in a visual way. I want to invite the viewer to be a part of my world and see the traditions the way I see them in my everyday life. I want my artwork to reach out and connect with others; to let them know we may be different, but to know we are all human beings. This is what it looks like to be a Native in America and in Oklahoma today.
Amber L. DuBoise-Shepherd depicts contemporary Native American narratives based on her family heritage of Navajo, Sac & Fox, and Prairie Band Potawatomi. Her mixed media pieces and oil paintings reference an illustrative quality. She has an Associates of Art from Seminole State College and completed her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Spring 2016 at Oklahoma State University. DuBoise-Shepherd is the Manager of Education and Outreach at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art in Shawnee, OK since April 2019. She is married and currently lives in her hometown of Shawnee, OK with her husband Josh Shepherd.