We had the good fortune of connecting with Emmy Marshall and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Emmy, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
In one of my first interviews I stated that I have infinite possibilities and there are no rules, I simply make my own. That refreshing statement has help me succeed as an artist.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My creative process is organic and spontaneous. I use a lot of unconventional tools to paint with. Some examples include mop-heads, feathers, old debit cards, and the list go on. What emerges is an integral language that is both emotional and personal. The unique human experience of color is what inspires me as an artist. I love when people look at my art and they interpret different things. The need to express myself without words and knowing that inspiration is a never ending journey inspires me to produce more material. The magic happens when things are not forced. I can go 1-3 weeks without painting, i always have ideas in my mind. When it comes to balancing and control and thought, the principles of design plan and organize my artwork. I enjoy the freedom of creating abstract because I have infinite possibilities, there are no rules I simply make my own. I am interested in self-love, change, growth, and personal perception. The opportunities for an artist are endless. My artwork exudes positivity and motivation. I got where I am today by never giving up and staying optimistic. The word OPTIMISTIC is a huge inspiration for me as it was the name of my second solo show.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
So my best friend actually lives in Atlanta also! We went to high school together. We have visited Vegas twice together in July 2017 and 2019. Outside of traveling we generally have a great time together from playing music at the house having drinks, going to brunch, arts shows and drag shows. I would love to take my best friend to Hawaii, I had a great time there last year. We would visit O,ahu, and I would take her on a boat ride to the sea turtles and and go snorkeling. Hawaii is an awesome place so I would definitely show her a luau. Seeing the traditional Hawaiian party at the resort was an amazing experience. One of the best experiences is hanging out in New Orleans! It is a lot of drinking but full of fun lol!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I will start of by saying that I have a solid foundation. I am thankful for my parents for cultivating my creativity at a very young age. My first Art show was strictly for my family and friends. I sold a great amount of artwork. I figured if anyone would support me starting out it would be my family and friends. So Shoutout to Emmy’s family and friends! I am very thankful for the LGBTQ Affairs department at the Mayors office here in Atlanta. They are very supportive to many artist in the city. Before the pandemic we were meeting and planning events. I look forward to that in 2021. Shout out to Malik Brown! Secondly I am self motivated so I pray and watch motivational videos every morning to start my day. I am currently reading 100 Ways to Motivate Others by Steve Chandler.

Website: www.paintedbyemmy.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/paintedbyemmy

Image Credits
Head Shots by Rick Gore rickgorefoto.com Instagram: @rickgorefoto

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