We had the good fortune of connecting with Amelie Hubert and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amelie, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I’ve always loved drawing and painting. Growing up in Belgium my dream was to move to the US and be an animator for Disney! It’s when I turned 16 that I really decided I wanted to be an artist. I constantly felt a sense of urgency inside, as a teenager. A strong feeling that I needed to do something, right now, urgently, and I didn’t know why. This feeling would never go away day and night and get stronger and stronger. It took me a while to figure out what was going on (turns out it wasn’t Armageddon). And one day, I decided: “I’m an artist. I’ll make a living as an artist one way or the other”. From that day, the feeling of urgency dissipated and I knew it was my truth. It still stands today. I know that if I make art, I feel much more comfortable with myself and relaxed. It’s like my soul takes a big sigh and I feel real contentment. If I don’t make art for several days or weeks, I start to become cranky and things don’t go as well! I love what I do and I’m grateful for the lifestyle I’m able to have, with plenty of space to create. I’m also very touched when someone reaches out to me to tell me my creations have inspired them in some way. I’m a firm believer that anyone who is doing what they really love automatically contributes to the wellbeing of society as a whole, and I hope to be doing that too.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I think my art really reflects who I am as a person and the influences that made me who I am. Specifically, my art represents the things I love. It’s inspired by my love for spirituality, Sacred Geometry and meditation. It’s also in line with my love for minimalism. I love a white wall that comes to life with a geometric pattern in a limited palette of bold colors. I love simplicity, clarity and functionality. I love things that enrich the heart and soul. Putting the two together has me creating pieces that I would want to have in my house, that are inspiring for me to create and uplifting for those who own them. I also try to be as eco-conscious as possible (for example, most of my packaging is plastic free and recyclable). I’m quite proud of being mostly self-taught. I know some artists might feel insecure about that, but I think it actually gave me an edge: with no one to show me “how it’s done”, I was able to discover my own way of doing things. I learn by experience and experimentation more than intellectual discourse or demonstrations, and to me it keeps it fresh and exciting. One of my biggest lesson is to treat being an artist like a life-long journey, because it is. I know I’ll be making art until I’m on my deathbed. Seeing it this way, the challenges and detours are easier to manage because it’s all learning experience. There is no “giving up” or pressure to “make it” by a certain age, it’s all a journey of discovery and growth.
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?
Oooooh so many different places to go! One thing I absolutely love about Denver is all the fun beer gardens and patios around. I just love hanging out at cool places like Recess in Denver or Green Mountain Brewery in Lakewood. My go-to for visitors is RiNo because you can easily walk around and admire all the cool murals: from having a coffee at Crema or delicious ciders at Stem, a burger at Park Burger and finish with a round of karaoke at the Voicebox. And if it’s during the Crush Walls festival, it’s even better! I also love the Denver Art Museum – their exhibitions are always mind-blowing. And of course a concert at Red Rocks is a must. Outside of Denver, I absolutely love Glenwood Hot Springs (and the town of Glenwood Springs). If you’re in Glenwood Springs, make sure you stop by Slope & Hatch – in my opinion the best tacos in Colorado and one of the best I’ve ever had.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to dedicate this shoutout to my coach, Charlotte Ryan. She’s been with me for several years and has been a source of encouragement and support. Her support was especially precious when I left my corporate job to be a full time artist: it was an exhilarating and terrifying time! With her, I was able to take everything more calmly, to really design how I wanted my new life to be, and also remember to celebrate myself. I think having a coach is so invaluable, especially when trying to do something we’ve never done before, and perhaps we’ve never even had any model for. In the same way, I have great friends who are so supportive and encouraging. Sometimes just a little word of praise or encouragement goes a long way! Same for those friends that have lent a helping hand to set up my studio, help me pack orders for a Christmas rush, or even bought some of my pieces.