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 digital art.

As a child, I had a strong belief in magic, and I was obsessed with Studio Ghibli movies about fantasy 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.

Unique 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 my animal paintings regularly for my followers on Instagram, Tumblr, and DeviantArt. I exhibit and sell my drawing ideas at conventions and am able to meet so many amazing people.

I try to show magic, love, positivity, and light through my animal drawings. 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 beautiful animals and magical creatures in dramatic lighting. I imagine many of these fantasy animals 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
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2 years ago

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

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Hewwo
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2 years ago

Hello darkness my old friend

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catarie
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2 years ago

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

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Tammy Chapman
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2 years ago

Wicked!!!

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Tammy Chapman
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2 years ago

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

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Anastasia Andreeva
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2 years ago

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

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Hewwo
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2 years ago

Amazing

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Heather
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2 years ago

That's really sad. :(

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Haley Riewer
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2 years ago

aww

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Tammy Chapman
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2 years ago

So regal and fierce.

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Heidi Burghgraef
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2 years ago

Can I have this printed somewhere? Absolutely amazing

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Tammy Chapman
Community Member
2 years ago

Beautiful, your use of colors is magnificent.

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AmberWolf
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2 years ago

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

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Becca The Bear
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2 years ago

Glaceon??

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Haley Riewer
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2 years ago

i need this

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Rasp Berry
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2 years ago

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

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Hewwo
Community Member
2 years ago

Bug eyes

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Tammy Chapman
Community Member
2 years ago

So precious.

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Tammy Chapman
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2 years ago

OMG...so gorgeous.

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Squishyshiba
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2 years ago

This person would get LOADS of money from commissions

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Squishyshiba
Community Member
2 years ago

So realistic!!!!

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Tammy Chapman
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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MangotheRain/NightHybrid
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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Tammy Chapman
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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Tammy Chapman
Community Member
2 years ago

ooooh...I love the blue.

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Tammy Chapman
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2 years ago

So Beautiful !!!!

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UniversalMel
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2 years ago

The purple is perfect 💜

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MoonChild
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2 years ago

Beautifulllll

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Tammy Chapman
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2 years ago

So fierce! I love it!!!!

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Tammy Chapman
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2 years ago

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

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Haley Riewer
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2 years ago

these are soooo pretty

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Tammy Chapman
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2 years ago

I have always loved big cats.

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Tammy Chapman
Community Member
2 years ago

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