Today we’d like to introduce you to Emily Gilman Beezley.
Emily, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I have always been the “artist” in the family but until recently have not had the courage to pursue my passion full time. As the breadwinner of my family I put my art on hold, working corporate jobs to provide a stable home for my children and extended family. During this period, I denied my artistic aspirations and kept putting off my dream of being an artist. This came to a head a few years ago when I started taking art classes at a local community school and found an outlet for my pent-up creativity. More and more I was spending all my free time painting and printmaking, networking with other artists and promoting my art in local exhibitions. Positive feedback and encouragement gave me a boost of confidence to exhibit and sell my artwork.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Through art I push myself to share my emotional responses to current events and the world we live in. To do this I create art that has a specific meaning to me whether it be an image from a vivid dream, a location that I love or a revered subject. The Arizona paintings are a great example of a much-loved location. I am constantly in awe of the desert landscape and glorious sky that is so different from New York City where I grew up. What sets my work apart are areas of calm juxtaposed with areas of high energy along with a highly personal color palette used to represent fundamental elements of sky, red rock and desert flora. Overall my goal is to convey to the viewer the same sense of awe and wonder that inspire me.
What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
I am the volunteer Curator for the gallery at my local library so I go to community art shows and exhibitions to recruit artists as well as manage the installations and marketing. Through this activity I have built up a network of artists that I can turn to for encouragement and advice. I also founded an artist critique group that meets monthly and am active in social media.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My Arizona art can be seen on my website: https://www.emilygilmanbeezley.com/arizona and I also work on commission and love to realize my patron’s creative visions.
- Website: https://www.emilygilmanbeezley.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/egilmanart/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emily.gilmanbeezley
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/egilbeez
Bruce Weitzman (only the photograph of Emily Gilman Beezley with the umbrella)