|Every artist hopes to develop a way of working that is a comfortable fit with their temperament and way of seeing. I like working from nature. I like the way working on site focuses my attention and demands quick decisions about color and light and about composition and mood. I like the way working “en plein air” forces me to be fully alive to the world around me and to be completely in the present and I love the way the world offers up more paintings than I can possibly paint. I like the way my small “a la prima” paintings are as much about my struggle to make art as they are about the world they represent. They can be complete unto themselves or they can be the inception for larger more complex work back in the studio. Before I begin a larger piece I take photographs for reference and make bold and simple charcoal drawings. I am an impatient compulsive sort of person and I want my drawings to be about me making gestures with energy and passion. As much as I can I want the final version in oil or pastel to represent what drew me to the subject in the first place, that epiphanal moment that stopped me dead in my tracks. For me, a piece of art only succeeds if it celebrates being alive.
But those who wait for the Lord
shall renew their strength,
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
Emmy's pastel series Wetlands and Landscapes is currently on display at Adkins Arboretum (www.adkinsarboretum.org)
Wetlands and Landscapes II
25" x 33"