As a preschooler, Emily watched nature artist Captain Bob on public television in suburban Boston. She would wake up at 5:30am to follow along with the artist and draw hawks, armadillos, bobcats, and other wildlife. Twenty-five years later, when Emily and her husband adopted their first retired racing greyhound from Hounds of the Heartland, she starting drawing animals again.
Painting series brings the artist satisfaction by generating or capturing order. In using bright colors, Emily feels she is promoting the truth of the subject. Her hope is that her work leaves the viewer with a sense of familiarity and comfort, based in shared appreciation and recognition of the subject's inherent value.
Why greyhounds? These alien dogs have uniquely sleek and streamlined profiles, juxtaposed with muscled legs and bulky hindquarters. They are fascinating to watch, whether at rest in awkward positions or in movement where they are anything but awkward. Emily finds their faces beautiful: emotive eyes, strangely folding fortune-cookie ears, and long needle noses. Painting the everyday joy and gratitude of a retired racer helps the artist express her own appreciation and love.
Emily’s work is featured in our Spring 2019 Group Exhibition.