Raleigh native. Art lover. Mommy to a beautifully wild 4-year-old little girl and wife to an amazingly supportive husband. Gretzky, our Great Dane, thinks he runs our house. Oenophile & foodie.
I've been artistic for as long as I can remember. I grew up surrounded by not only creative, but strong and independent women. It wasn't until the end of 2016, after much encouragement from my husband and close friends, that I threw my artwork into the abyss of social media to see what would happen. For those that do not know it, this was a huge step forward for me -- a self proclaimed "professional introvert." I was overwhelmed by the feedback that I received in such a short time and have since made a commitment to myself to see where this journey will take me. I humbly thank my Creator for this new adventure and am grateful for all of the love and support that surrounds me. As for those strong women referenced above, I owe them for being a guiding force in my creativity from a very young age. I am branding myself using my full name as a way to thank my grandmother, the original "Emily Anne," whom I miss dearly. I deeply hope to inspire my daughter, Emma, just as those women have done for me.
STA: What gave you the courage to step out as a professional artist?
EAF: It’s always something that was deeply rooted within me. I really think the joy of my daughter, and getting older and less inhibited by what others might think of me.
STA: What materials do you use in your mixed media?
EAF: I use acrylic paint, graphite pencil, soft pastel and oil pastel/stick.
STA: How do you choose the color scheme for each abstract piece?
EAF: Anything can inspire me, but lately I just look at color relationships that speak to me and I go from there – I find them online or flipping through magazines, shopping around, nature, etc.
STA: What is your process for creating an abstract piece?
EAF: I usually have a feeling or style that I want to evoke. I “lay down bones” either by drawing or roughly painting something first, then use a wash of one color, often a bright one. After that, its lots of layers until it feels right!
STA: Do you employ any other styles?
EAF: I do “drippy florals” which are abstract floral pieces. Folks have contacted me asking for the “drippy floral” look – so I just call them that now. They are abstract, floral type pieces that have the most glorious runs of paint down the canvas. I have also worked in figures and faces but not concentrated heavily on them due to lack of time. That is something I would love to invest more time in though.
STA: How do you name your pieces?
EAF: I'm the worst at this! I rarely have a piece that jumps out with me for a name. I didn’t name them at all until I started being featured by galleries and had to name the works.
STA: A lot of your work heavily features the color blue, any particular reason?
EAF: I just love blue! It's all over my house. Its just one of those classic colors that can do anything in your home depending on the shade.
STA: How would you describe your personal style?
EAF: In my home, it’s traditional with a contemporary twist. I grew up around so many beautiful antiques and, when I was younger, I thought it made everything look so old. Over the years I grew to really love them. The timeless design and style, but also the memories they hold from being passed down through generations in my family. For myself, I would like to go with “casually chic” – but as a mom of a 4 year old working full time as well as running my art business, style tends to go out the window most days and I just try to look presentable!
STA: Do you create other kinds of art besides paintings?
EAF: In the summer I started working on a collages in shadow boxes and I really, really loved doing these. I only made a handful and haven’t had the time to get back into it, but I am obsessed with how they turned out. I used bits from other pieces of art that I tore or cut up. My new idea will be to do the same, but also include bits from my palettes that I have been saving over the past several months. I use a palette that allows me to peel off the paint in mostly one piece once it dries, and it's kind of like a piece of artwork all on its own. Who knows – this could be amazing or terrible, time will tell!
To view Emily's entire collection, you can visit her Artist Collection page.