We had the good fortune of connecting with Liz Rush and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Liz, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
My college coach once said, “if it was easy…anybody could do it”. Although this was in response to a challenging workout in which I felt I couldn’t finish, I have thought of it often how it applies so seamlessly to life. Sometimes you have to push through hard times to meet a goal and prove to yourself how resilient you really are. I draw a lot of parallels from my Division 1 Track days to my adult life because all of that hard work, teamwork, dedication, physical and mental stamina and success/ failures has made me who I am today. I would say that when you’re at a crossroads and want to quit, dig deep and focus on what your purpose is and where you want to go with it. The obstacle itself isn’t necessarily the thing that makes you quit, its the path that you’re on. Once the path stops serving your own happiness, passion and well-being…its time to forge a new one.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve been an artist of sorts for my entire life. I grew up in a creative household that nurtured my artistic nuance from a young age. I never considered art a viable career option so I always kept it “on the side”. I think by doing that, it allowed me to always have an outlet. No matter what else was going on in my job or life, I always had this creative outlet that brought me a sense of calm, purpose and expression. I am most proud that I found a career path with interior design that combines my love for creating, dreaming and imagining with tactile results. Interior Design can be very technical at times, but its that vision at the beginning that is the most exciting for me. And seeing your vision brought to life as a physical space after months/ years of hard work and collaboration is the most fulfilling part of the job. What sets me apart as a designer, is that I’m an artist. What sets me apart as an artist is that I’m a designer. The balance of left brain/ right brain thinking is what has made me a successful creative and expanded my skillset over the years. My creative process is fueled by experimentation through experience, curiosity and approaching each task with a playful spirit. This yields originality. I seek to design spaces that are inspiring and unique. I aim to create art that compliments the interior, and vice versa, For me, art and design are intertwined.
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?
Denver offers an amazing combination of urban energy and natural exposure. One of my favorite spots in the city is the Dairy Block, so we’d start there. Coffee from Huckleberry Roasters, chatting in the lobby of the Maven Hotel, enjoying a drink at Poka Lola Social Club, some shopping at Clare V in Free Market, dinner at Bruto and strolling through the art and light filled alley ways. That area has a lot of goodness packed into one city block! Also downtown, a favorite pastime is walking the streets of Rino enjoying the every changing Crush Walls and the killer restaurants. Ooooh, can’t forget a drink and photobooth photo op at the Ramble Hotel rooftop! To get a bit more formal art culture, the Clyfford Still Museum is a beautiful architectural gem showcasing the incredible talent of Mr. Still. Definitely a fav. Next on the itinerary would be a trip to Boulder, strolling on Pearl Street and biking along Boulder Creek. Then a hike at Table Mesa, Mount Sanitas or Royal Arch. If it were summer, we’d spend an afternoon at Eldorado Springs pool and if it were fall we’d hike Berry Picker Trail in Vail to bask in the Aspen glow.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I am lucky to be surrounded by an entire network that supports, mentors, loves and encourages me to utilize my talents and passions into something that I can share with the world. I would give a shoutout to my mom for being an insanely talented artist which nurtured and expanded my creative mind from a young age. My sister has been an unwavering rock of support from helping me hang art for my art shows to taking pride in sharing my work with everyone she meets. And my husband, who is the biggest support of all…who sees me light up when I’m talking about my creative endeavors and encourages me to keep following the path which expands me.