Emilie is an artist From Montreal, Canada.
She has been painting for about 8 years now.
As I can remember, art was always just there, next to me, or more precisely, inside of me for a very long time. It was the only thing I was good at. The only thing I felt completely at my place with. There’s this thing about art and me. This feeling, this emotion. It’s very weird to explain, but it’s just there, everywhere.
Lisa: Hey Emilie! You’ve started painting about 8 years ago. Can you tell us more about how you’ve got inspired to pursue art?
Emilie: Of course! Well, I guess it just went naturally. It was kind of the only thing I was good at or even comfortable at since my very young age. I never taught that I would be able to even sell one. After I sold my first painting, I sold another and then another. Every time I sold one, I taught it was going to be the last. But I guess people liked them enough to keep buying them. I still cannot believe that I made them. I guess I have the imposter syndrome.
Lisa: Tell us about your artwork, medium, style, subject matter, etc.
Emilie: I usually always work with acrylic or watercolor. My style is normally either nature; the sky, water, larva, the earth, or geometric colors. Sometimes totally abstract or could be inspired from the earth.
Lisa: What motivates you as an artist? Is it curiosity, the search for beauty or meaning? And is there a message you are trying to give with your art?
Emilie: I would say that my motivation comes from the feeling I get while painting. I just feel like it’s where I belong. Am less stressed and anxious while I paint. So it’s kind of mediation for me. The message that I am trying to communicate with my art is a feeling of happiness. Or a peaceful moment.
Lisa: What is a day of working like in your studio? Do you have any rituals that help you get motivated or in “the zone”?
Emilie: I would say that I start my day with a good coffee and then I start a true-crime podcast (yes yes, I do listen to crime stories while I paint). After that, I prepare my colors (if they are not already done) and I pretty much start after that! what gets me in the zone? I guess just been alone, with no distraction around me (except for my dog or partner).
Lisa: Could you walk us through your process? How much planning do you do before you jump into a painting? If you do, what are you trying to solve at each stage of it?
Emilie: I usually start with a sketch on my tablet. Even though a lot of the time, I end up changing my mind. After that I put the primer on my canvas and then I start!
Lisa: What are you currently working on?
Emilie: I am working on a few projects of my own. Also, I just did a beautiful collaboration with this awesome french artist! I cannot wait for the poster to come out!
Lisa: What is the work you’ve done that you’re the most excited about?
Emilie: About 6 months ago, I was able to create 2 beautiful paintings that I felt were 100% me. One of them was very simple, it didn’t seem like a lot of work, but it was! The way I had to smooth everything together was both difficult and magical.
Lisa: How has your art evolved over the years?
Emilie: I think I know a little bit more now where I am going. Also, even though I am better at my style, I am less afraid to try some new techniques.
Lisa: What memorable responses have you had to your work?
Emilie: That it made them happier every day. To just look at the beautiful cotton candy sky.
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Lisa: What’s next for Emilie?
Emilie: I am very grateful that I am able to paint and sell some work. I would be very happy and privilege if I could continue this journey as a full-time career.