For the love of color in Vail |

For the love of color in Vail

Caramie Schnell
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily"Indian Queen" by Amy Metier, whose work will be on display in Vail, Colorado in April

VAIL, Colorado “-As an abstract artist, Amy Metier ” whose work will be on display in Vail, Colorado this month “-is well versed in letting go of strict notions of form. But each time she picks up the paintbrush, she said there’s still tension between wanting to create an image and the desire to dismantle that same image.

“I am always torn between paying homage to an actual form or place, and wanting to destroy that form by letting the paint take over and emphasizing the graphic qualities and the expressive power of shapes, color or brush strokes,” the Boulder-based artist said.

Art lovers can talk to Metier in person about her inherent struggle during an artist reception set for Saturday at the new Worth Home location in Vail Village. The home furnishings and interior design store opened in December. The show will include new oil paintings as well as acrylic and watercolor on paper, all of which exemplify her intuitive, colorful work.

“I have been collecting Amy’s work for years and I am really excited to bring it to a new audience in the Vail Valley,” said Eddy Doumas, owner and principle designer of Worth Interiors and Worth Home.

Metier has been exhibiting regularly since the mid-1980s. Currently an associate professor at the Metropolitan State College of Denver, she began painting at age 12.

“Art is my passion and my livelihood ” the filter through which I look at life,” Metier said.

A forgiving medium

Though Metier is inspired by many things ” natural and man-made object, shapes, colors, other artists’ work and even music and films ” she calls herself “very disciplined” and paints regardless of her mood or how inspired she feels. Her primary medium is oil on canvas.

“I love paint because it is a forgiving medium that allows me to change my mind, to follow intuition through time and process and to express my love of color,” she said.

She describes her work as abstract.

“It’s loosely based on natural and man-made objects and landscapes, which I interpret through experience and vision,” she said.

Originally from Laramie, Wyo., Metier earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Colorado State University after spending time at the Kinskey Art Institute in Vienna. She then earned a Masters of Fine Art at the University of Colorado. She is currently on the board of the Denver Art Museums “DAM Contemporaries,” which promotes educational events related to contemporary art and raises funds for the contemporary collection.

An ‘extraordinary’ sense of color

Over the years, Metier’s references to floral or vessel motifs have transformed into expressions of shapes and forms that often render her original subjects into subtle imagery. She often works on many pieces at once, occasionally adding the same shape or form to each canvas but always in a way that varies each time.

Lisa Kanning of Worth Interiors has commissioned Metier several times to create large-scale paintings for her interior design projects, she said.

“Her pieces always bring the rooms they hang in alive,” Kanning said. “Her sense of color is extraordinary.”

High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or

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