ADDRESS Interview with Amy Stewart.

Define your craft in 3 sentences or less. I use acrylic on canvas, and I am drawn to bold lines and angles, soft movement and structure all together in one piece. My abstract work uses colour and shape to explore physical space and internal emotion, so my paintings operate as figurative expressions of what many of us experience in our natural, social, and private environments.

Describe your creative process. My paintings are often inspired by the feelings that come from both the natural world and from engaging fully in my community and with my loved ones.  I paint how I feel and who I am.

Where do you find inspiration when experiencing a creative block? Creative blocks happen but after years of experience, I use them as a cue to take a walk. Just looking at natural and urban landscapes, breathing the air, or watching people in my city usually revives my inspiration. It’s funny that getting lost is sometimes just what I need to find direction.

What advice would you give to young designers / makers / artists / creatives aspiring to make it in their field? Find and connect with your community. Vancouver’s art community is so supportive. We learn from and empower each other—there’s nothing like feeling your own ideas grow and develop after talking with other artists.

What’s your dream project? I want to do a HUGE painting, one so big that I can’t fit it in my studio. Something SO big that has to be completed in a large warehouse! It sounds daunting even writing it, but that is something I’ve always dreamed of.

What art and design trends are you excited about? Forever and always, I will be excited about handmade pieces. I love that more and more people are caring about what they put in their homes. Deep down, I feel like the spaces we live in nourish us in really important, complicated ways, so if art is a part of our space, our lives get better.