We had the good fortune of connecting with Amelie Simmons and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Amelie, how does tech affect you and your business? How does it help? How can it hold you or others in your industry back?
Technology plays a major role in my art business. In the past, artists relied on gallery representation to become successful in selling their art. The art industry has since moved slowly away from that selling mode, giving more control into the artists hands. Technology provided the online stores for which we deal directly with customers and no longer have to give galleries commissions for our creations. I don’t think galleries will go away, as there is still a need for physical galleries. Just as we still need brick and mortar stores, as well as art fairs and popups, which for some of us, is our bread and butter. But with recent events of this COVID-19 pandemic, artists and myself included, have turned to the internet to try to continue to sell art. We (and everyone else) are adjusting to more online marketing and networking via social media personally and professionally. Our world future is uncertain at this point, but technology will continue to play a major roll in art, other industries, and now our personal lives. Whatever changes come, we will adapt TOGETHER.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a Long Beach artist using acrylic paint as my primary medium of choice to create representational impressionistic, abstract art, and dimensional (Touch Me) paintings. I enjoy exploring different styles of art, from fine detailed brushstrokes to the spontaneity of painting freely with my fingers. I find inspiration locally and from my adventures while traveling. Scuba diving has provided me with a new perspective of the underwater world, while my career as a clinical scientist has given me access the microscopic world. I would like to share my interpretation of what moves me with others and have people touched by what they see. Speaking of touch, I use dimensional media in my tactile paintings that everyone can and should touch. I have always wanted to touch textured paintings, but for obvious reasons these artworks are off limits. My dimensional (Touch Me) paintings are dedicated to the visually impaired and those that “feel” the urge to touch artwork as I do.

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?
The biggest attractions in Long Beach are the Queen Mary and the Aquarium of the Pacific. Activities would include: whale watching, paddle boarding or kayaking around Alamitos Bay and Naples, Yoga at Bluff Park, and bike riding along the bike trails to and on the beach. Sightseeing: walk along Seal Beach pier and Main St. Japanese Garden at CSULB and El Dorado Nature Center Long Beach Museum of art and First Fridays Art walk in Bixby Knolls Shopping at the Pike, Shoreline Village, and Retro Row for antiques Dining: Parkers Lighthouse and The Reef for the view, Kamal Palace for Indian Cuisine, Beechwood and the Congregation for brews, Lucille’s BBQ for food and cocktails, Scooner or Later for brunch

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would not be where I am today without my wonderful group of Long Beach artist friends: John Barney, Benjamin Johnson, Alex Diffin, Aia Podue, LaJon Miller, Andrew Ruano, and also the book: “Be the Artist” by Thomas “Detour” Evans

Website: AmelieSimmons.com
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