We had the good fortune of connecting with Amy Metier and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amy, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
This is a very interesting question to consider. The truth is, I just couldn’t imagine doing anything else. I loved art and wanted to be an artist even as a young child. I was fortunate to have parents who encouraged me, a great deal of luck, the focus and passion to be disciplined and work hard at it. Art continues to give back so much — friends and colleagues who share the same enthusiasm, supportive and successful galleries, the opportunity to travel Internationally to pursue my work. I will never be finished, completely satisfied with my work as an artist – it is an endless challenge to know oneself.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Another interesting question. While I am proud of my work as an artist, the desire to be better, to grow as an artist and realize my full potential keeps me on a continual path of searching. I got to where I am today because of (as already mentioned) a lot of hard work, luck and pursuing what I loved, even if not practical or always lucrative. After receiving a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. in Fine Arts, I was able to teach university students. That job supported my family and enabled me to continue painting and exhibiting. The challenges were many — I often worked (and still do) seven days a week, the deadlines and pressure of exhibiting (have had over a dozen solo exhibitions) while chairing the art department and raising two kids was often consuming but so inspiring and worthwhile.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well, I look at the world through the pursuit of beauty and education so I would take my friends to museums, art galleries. the Botanic Gardens… movies!
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?
My parents, my children, my friends, my students, my fellow artists, my gallerists all deserve credit for nurturing my work as an artist