We had the good fortune of connecting with Autumn Gamel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Autumn, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I decided to pursue an artistic career back in my senior year of high school. I couldn’t see myself enjoying anything else for a future career other than art. I made the decision after talking to my art teacher in high school, he was huge influence on my decision because he had been there for me since my sophomore year helping me learn, giving me supplies, and motivating me to do better. He made me believe that I could actually do this, and as soon as I decided I wanted to pursue illustration in college I started selling my work, going to gallery shows, and that’s when I realized how much fun I was having. I also had a lot of influence from my friends and family. My close family has always been super supportive of my art career and I am lucky for that. My artistic influence comes from my best friend, who is also an artist, she inspired me to start drawing in the first place and my Uncle who was able to create a successful career out of art, himself! Art for me is so much more than a hobby, I always think about it and see it in the world around me and making art has honestly helped me find myself and my style.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I like to describe myself as an artist who is inspired by people and nature, my work, which is mostly portraits, will always have some aspect of nature included in it. I love to explore color and put it in places that is not necessarily realistic. My portraiture inspiration is drawn from the beauty of life, I love to paint people because I love to capture their essence and be able to create something that gives off a feeling. I am constantly looking around for someone new to paint, I find my references in movies, tv shows, models, magazines, and the people I am around. Sometimes they will even be the stranger sitting next to me on the train. I got to where I am at today through a lot of trial and error. For a while I felt like I didn’t have a style, I was just drawing what I saw directly but when the Coronavirus hit, it gave me a lot of time to find that style. I worked on my art as my highest priority this year and I am lucky to have had this time to work on myself. In this stage I am at now I finally feel like I have something that sets me apart from other artists and I can’t wait to keep working at it and developing my style further. The biggest lesson I’ve learned through creating art is to just let go and trust yourself. Before this year I would give into the details and the perfectionist inside me, I started over on so many pieces because I hated them but now I know to trust the process and let go of my insecurities through art and embrace it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Some of my favorite moments in life is just driving around at night, through the city, and looking at the lights with the windows down and the music blaring. Denver is a great place to drive around because we have so many unique people and places to see. I love going to fun restaurants and vintage shops downtown. I always tell people to find the Santa Fe Art District and the RiNo Art District. Both areas are full of galleries, artists, unique shops and restaurants, and all of the buildings have beautiful, colorful murals painted on them. One of my favorite things to do before the pandemic hit was going to the First Friday walks along the Santa Fe art district. It happens on the first Friday of every month and artists all come together to show off their skills. There were food trucks, entertainment, and so much art to look at. Denver is a very inspiring place, I feel very lucky to live in this city.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have to shoutout my family and friends who have supported me through out all of this. Without everyone’s support I don’t think I would have continued down this path. They have been there for me at all of my art shows, helped pay for supplies, bought work from me, and was there for me in the really tough moments as well. My boyfriend Jacob deserves his own shoutout as well for always being my number one supporter and always motivated me to keep going even when I felt like giving up. And finally my best friend Natalia, who got me into this in the first place all the way back in 7th grade. She inspires me to no end with everything she does and I am so lucky we are still best friends to this day 10 years later.
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