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Meet Amelie Simmons

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amelie Simmons.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I first picked up paintbrush at a Paint & Sip Class in 2013. I was reluctant to go because I didn’t know how to paint. I was hooked day one and I continued to go to the local classes at Champagne & Canvas and Brushstrokes & Beverages in Long Beach. Months later I started to paint on my own.

My medium of choice is acrylic and mixed media. I am a work in progress would like to learn other mediums as I grow as an artist. The only formal art education I have is a studio drawing class at CSULB. My educational background is a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Medical Microbiology and Chemistry. I may have started what my husband calls an obsession late in life, but it’s a passion that will last a lifetime.

Please tell us about your art.
I find inspiration locally and from my adventures while traveling. Scuba diving has given me a new perspective to the underwater world, while my career as a clinical scientist gives me access to the invisible world under a microscope. My genre includes representational impressionism, abstract, and dimensional (3D Touch Me) paintings. I enjoy exploring different styles of art, from fine detailed brushstrokes to the spontaneity of painting freely with my fingers and old gift cards.

I use dimensional media in my series of “Touch Me” paintings that everyone can and should touch. These tactile paintings are dedicated to the visually impaired and those that “feel” the urge to touch textured artwork as I do. I am currently working on audio art. Two of my paintings make musical sounds to the touch. I will continue to experiment and improve on this hybrid of technology and art.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
One of the biggest challenges for artists is getting our art out in the public/collector’s eye. With many galleries closing, self-marketing is a challenge for us.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I am a resident artist at Brushstrokes & Beverages Studio located at 501 E. Broadway, Unit C Long Beach 90802. I never dreamed that some of the class paintings would be inspired by my art. I’ve come full circle. I show at the EXPO Arts Center in North Long Beach for their Summer Saturdays.

Art in Bixby Park June 3rd and Aug 5th
130 Cherry Ave Long Beach 90802

Fourth Fridays on 4th Street (Retro Row) in Long Beach. Support my work by viewing my art, buying my art, like my Facebook page, or follow my Instagram.

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Amelie Simmons

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1 Comment

  1. Jerry Martinez

    May 29, 2018 at 03:31

    Go Amelie! I’m a happy owner of some of her work 🙂 She’s a great person too. Thank you for the interview with her!

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