My name is Devin Elle Kurtz, and I am often known by the name TamberElla online. I am a 21-year-old concept artist, painter, and illustrator living in Burbank, California. When I was a toddler, my mom went to college for graphic design and purchased an early Wacom Tablet along with Photoshop. Instead of giving me coloring books to keep me busy, she would sit me down with Photoshop and let me draw and paint. Growing up, I learned to paint digitally alongside learning to read, write, and ride a bike. Painting for me is calming and comforting, and I try to give others that sense of peace when they look at my artwork.


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As a child, I had a strong belief in magic, and I was obsessed with Studio Ghibli movies about magical creatures like My Neighbor Totoro. I loved to be outdoors and felt best when I was in nature. I was always sketching and could be found carrying a sketchbook anywhere I went.

I began to have episodes of intense sickness when I was 6 or 7 years old, and in my teens, I was diagnosed with a chronic illness called CVS. These episodes increased through my early teens, and I spent a lot of time very ill and depressed. Through it all, art was the shining light at the end of the tunnel that kept me pushing forward and clinging to positivity. The piece "Drawn to Light" is a depiction of my relationship with art as a chronically ill child.

Art and magic to me are one and the same. My belief in the magic of nature and the interconnectedness of creatures and the earth kept me strong and positive through my worst days. Over the last few years, my health has improved dramatically, and I have been able to chase all of my artistic dreams. I work as a background painter for Rough Draft Studios. I create and post art regularly for my followers on Instagram, Tumblr, and DeviantArt. I exhibit and sell prints at conventions and am able to meet so many amazing people.

I try to show magic, love, positivity, and light through my paintings. I try to capture the beauty of nature and add just the right amount of magic. Sometimes I show the negativity of the world in my artwork as well, but I try to always balance those elements with love and light. I want to bring hope and joy to anybody who needs it and to help other chronically ill individuals in any way I can.

My paintings usually take between 2 and 10 hours. I use Photoshop CC and a Wacom Cintiq... upgraded versions of what I used as a toddler! My favorite subjects to paint are animals and magical creatures in dramatic lighting. I imagine many of these creatures watching over us, guarding us, and bringing us magic when we need it.

More info: Instagram | tamberella.tumblr.com | tamberella.deviantart.com

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Tina Stalcup 1 month ago

I would love to buy a painting from you. Can you please contact me?

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Hewwo 1 month ago

Hello darkness my old friend

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catarie 1 month ago

SO AMAZING you need to sell these beacause ill buy them all!

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Judith Cozien 1 month ago

Owl and the Pussycat

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Tammy Chapman 1 month ago

OMG!! My favorite so far. I really, really want a large print of this one.

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Anastasia Andreeva 1 month ago

That's kind of sad but beautiful at the same time

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Hewwo 1 month ago

Amazing

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Heather 1 month ago

That's really sad. :(

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Tammy Chapman 1 month ago

So regal and fierce.

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Heidi Burghgraef 3 weeks ago

Can I have this printed somewhere? Absolutely amazing

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Tammy Chapman 1 month ago

Beautiful, your use of colors is magnificent.

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AmberWolf 1 month ago

s e l l t h e s e p l e a s e

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Becca The Bear 1 month ago

Glaceon??

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Haley Riewer 1 month ago

i need this

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Rasp Berry 1 month ago

I love it, she's so freakin' cute <3

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Hewwo 1 month ago

Bug eyes

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Judith Cozien 1 month ago

This one looks more realistic but is just as beautiful as the fantasised ones

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Ananya 1 month ago

Mystical

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Judith Cozien 1 month ago

Another more real-looking one - I think I like these more even though the fantasy paintings are also stunning

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Squishyshiba 1 month ago

So realistic!!!!

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Tammy Chapman 1 month ago

Oh...how precious. I would run out in the rain to bring this little guy inside.

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MangotheRain/NightHybrid 3 weeks ago

I love it! !!!!!!! All of your artwork is so freaking beautiful and amazing!!!!!!!!!

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Tammy Chapman 1 month ago

ooooohh.....I like this one. Gorgeous.

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Tammy Chapman 1 month ago

ooooh...I love the blue.

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Tammy Chapman 1 month ago

So Beautiful !!!!

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UniversalMel 1 month ago

The purple is perfect 💜

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MoonChild 1 month ago

Beautifulllll

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Tammy Chapman 1 month ago

So fierce! I love it!!!!

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Tammy Chapman 1 month ago

My Mom loves everything green. And we are both Leos.

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Haley Riewer 1 month ago

these are soooo pretty

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Tammy Chapman 1 month ago

I have always loved big cats.

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Tammy Chapman 1 month ago

Such a regal creature. He looks like he's hurting and he needs someone to love him. <3

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