Avalon Park is a new residential development located in River District, and earlier this year, we welcomed new homeowners to Avalon 1 & 2 with Avalon 3 currently under construction. These luxurious homes are bright, open, and modern – making Amy Stewart’s art the perfect addition to Avalon Park. Our lobbies are beautifully decorated with a few of her pieces and we had the opportunity to ask her a few questions about her background and artwork.
Tell us about yourself – Have you always wanted to be an artist?
Painting has always been central to my life.
Before it became my career, I used painting to process stress. About 11 years ago, I worked with at-risk youth as a Victim Support Worker. At the time, I was pregnant with my daughter and realized I could not continue to work in my field. I was burnt out.
I continued to paint and decided to pursue it as my career. It was a bumpy start, full of fear, self-doubt, and new learning curves, but I kept at it and couldn’t be happier that I did.
What is your artistic style?
In every painting, there are basic elements that stay consistent. My style is contemporary and becoming more minimal as I continue to develop.
There is always a bit of intuitive painting that comes into play when I start a new piece. There is structure, but there is also fluidity. To me, the line grounds each piece.
In three words, how would you describe your paintings?
Calming, harmonious, and grounded.
Where do you get your inspiration for your paintings?
Often, I find myself inspired by my environment and influenced by our landscape in British Columbia. I am also interested in how anxiety, grief and happiness impact our lives; I transform those feelings and experiences into colours and shapes.
For the most part, I feel completely relaxed and peaceful while painting.
What is your process in creating your art pieces?
Sometimes, when I look at a blank canvas, I’ll know exactly where to start. Other times the composition will come to me at the most inconvenient times – like when I am supposed to be sleeping or amidst a conversation.
My studio is in Granville Island, which is convenient for me because I live nearby. I can start my mornings early and efficiently, and then paint for hours on end. I typically work on several pieces at once, that are at different stages, so I’m always busy.
Want to see more?
If you want to see more of Amy Stewart’s art or get in contact with her, then here are the best ways to do so.
Address: 1249 Cartwright Street (back entrance)
Phone: (604) 417-6463