Today we’d like to introduce you to Amy Watkins.
Amy, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Growing up, I was always drawn towards anything artistic (pun absolutely intended). Both of my parents are crafty by nature, so they were a big influence on me by encouraging and challenging my skills. There was also a bit of fearlessness that comes with childhood, so I would throw myself completely into any big class project that involved creativity, whether it be film, painting, writing – whatever! I went on to study theatre at California State University – Northridge, focusing on costume design. After college, however, life hit hard, priorities shifted, and the art took a backseat.
Almost a decade later, it was actually heartbreak that steered me back to my creative roots. After years of accommodating and adapting myself to someone else’s needs, I suddenly found myself on my own, wondering what I wanted to do. During my grieving period, it took one sketch on a napkin at my desk for me to realize how much I missed creating. Sketches turned into paintings; paintings turned into digital illustrations. Fast forward to today: I am a freelance textile designer.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
It’s probably safe to say that I am best known for my colorful, hand-drawn illustrations. Most of my work is digital, which is definitely my comfort zone, but I love how messy and fun they can be. It’s one of the few parts of my life where I allow myself to embrace my mistakes. I tend to leave the imperfections in art; it’s my signature. With these designs and patterns, I work with various manufacturers to print my art on apparel, gifts, and home goods. Art makes me happy, and my goal has always been to bring joy to others.
Since my work can feel personal and raw at times, the pieces tend to reflect where my mind is at any given time. Recently, I have focused on important topics that I really care about. You will begin to notice more artwork about equality and female empowerment, as well as the importance of self-care and mental health. I want to inspire others to do good and to remind them that they are not alone in this world.
Any advice for aspiring or new artists?
Start now. TODAY. Whatever it is that you love doing, it is never too late. It will not be easy, but it will be worth it.
Also (this is easier said than done), do not compare yourself to others. Everyone goes through their own journey, and yours is completely different from everyone else. Age doesn’t matter. Gender doesn’t matter. Make and create what you want because this world needs your art.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
To support my art, you can shop my work via my website: CozyReverie.com.
You can get to know me and see a lot of behind-the-scenes jazz on Instagram and Twitter via my handle @cozyreverie
- Website: CozyReverie.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cozyreverie/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CozyReverie/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/cozyreverie
- Other: https://www.pinterest.com/CozyReverie/