We had the good fortune of connecting with Amy Stewart and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amy, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I am from a small community in Northern BC, Canada. I spent most of my early years outdoors with my family and dogs in 108-Mile House, British Columbia. The memories of childhood and nature shape my adult imagination, and they are reflected in my paintings’. My pieces are often inspired by the feelings that come both from the natural world and from engaging fully in my community and with my loved ones.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Amy Stewart – Shoutout SoCal Interview
I’m an abstract artist based in Vancouver, Canada. Before turning to painting about a decade ago, I worked in child services, but the emotional challenges of that career led me to return to my childhood passion for creating art. Since then, I’ve worked hard to develop a distinct style, using abstract shapes and lines, along with strongly contrasting shades, to articulate the various experiences I’ve gone through over the past several years.
I see my images as reflections of the space I live in—the mountains and sea that surround the Vancouver landscape, but also the mix of urban and natural that is such a dominant trait of this city. I also use my art to meditate on whatever I might be experiencing, from loss and grief to the wisdom that can be achieved through stillness, observation, and rich relationships with friends and family.
How did you get to where you are today? Was it easy?
Working as an artist is much more than making paintings; I’ve devoted a huge amount of time to promotion, consistently working from an open studio, participating in group and solo exhibits, and building a strong client base through a newsletter and regular posts on social media. I’ve sought support through consultations with an art advisor. I also hire a photographer to show my work in its best light, as well as an editor to shape my series statements and promotions into clear, professional messages. In many ways, this side of my career has been about consistent, engaging branding, and it has made an extraordinary impact on my success as an artist.
None of this has been easy, but by relying on people whose skills can help me promote and articulate my work in an accessible, extensive way, I’ve reduced the roadblocks I’d stumble over if I tried to take care of every aspect of promotion on my own.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Where would I take my friend?
My studio is on Granville Island, the industrial and artistic heart of Vancouver. Just a short walk from my home, the Island is where I spend most of my time. I’d take my long-lost best-friend on a tour of its bakeries, fish markets, parks, galleries, and restaurants. It’s got everything here (which is probably why I rarely go anywhere else!). From the huge windows in my studio, I get to watch locals and tourists as they wander about and admire the eclectic mix of children’s activities, local industry (there’s a concrete factory down the road), musicians, and old tin-faced buildings in a rainbow of colors. There’s enough here to keep me inspired for years.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My Shoutout goes to my partner in life and work Jay Thorburn and all of my clients who support me.
Brit Kwasney at Bright Photo