I get this question a lot. Here’s the long version 😉
I spent a large part of my childhood with my grandparents, and they were both makers. I would hang with my Papa in the wood shop, my Gram in the craft/sewing room, and both of them in their epic flower and vegetable gardens.
My Gram’s crafts of choice were quilting, knitting, and crocheting. She would crochet extravagant bridal gowns for Barbies with the tiniest crochet needles on earth. She taught me to embroider, cross-stitch, needle-hook, sew, puff paint, all sorts of things, but when I smeared my first creamy dollop of rich, vibrant paint, the love truly began.
I started with craft paint, switched to oils at 8 or so, then to acrylics, gouache and watercolor in high school. I still experiment with new mediums all the time, but acrylic is the basis of my work.
As a kid, I had every episode of Bob Ross (WOOT WOOT) recorded on VHS and that’s mostly how I learned. I would look at things in terms of how I would paint it and what brushes I would use to create it.
In junior high and high school, I had wonderful art teachers that took note of my interest and skills and gave me the tools and room to develop them. I always wanted to be an Artist ‘when I grew up’ and was accepted into several art schools in the US and abroad, but was never able to make it work financially.
I thought art wasn’t meant to be anything more than a lifelong hobby, and pursued other passions in college and grad school – human services and nonprofit leadership.
I spent nearly 10 years managing fundraising campaigns and events for various nonprofits, working in hospice, working with Seattle organisations to combat homelessness, and had a brief stint in the Peace Corps.
I never stayed in one place for long, as I always became quickly unsatisfied with either the work itself, or the inefficient/ineffective leadership.
When my husband’s military career took us overseas, there was very limited opportunity for work in my field, or in any other field. Shout out to my fellow spouses – the career sacrifices are real and appreciated.
It was a very hard pill to swallow to realize I was in a situation that was forcing me to depend on my husband financially. Dependence is not my style.
While I was having a panic-filled breakdown and career identity crisis, I also recognized that it could be my opportunity to see what could happen if I started my art business.
I took a low-paying job on the base that was loosely related to my experience, and began building my Etsy shop and website every spare minute I had.
I had recently taken a silk painting class with Christine Sutherland in Phoenix, Arizona before we left for the UK, and I loved it. So aside from the few originals and prints I had, my Etsy shop was mostly filled with handpainted silk pillows, scarves and neckties.
Within 6 months of launch, I was making half of what I was making at the day job, and within a year I put in my notice so I could give my business my full attention.
There has been much fear, struggle and self-doubt along the way, and it’s a constant learning process, but there is nothing that makes me feel more aligned with the universe than creating.
Plus running my own business suits me perfectly. It can be and become absolutely anything that I can imagine.
There are no limits, except ones I place upon myself.
I can’t imagine ever going back to work for someone else, it would crush my soul.
Had we not been stationed overseas and I been put in such a situation, I don’t know if I would’ve ever had the courage to take that leap. The isolation was incredible for my personal growth as well as the development of my work and business.
We travelled all over Europe and beyond, absorbing natural and man-made beauty, delicious food and collecting gorgeous art. I’m so grateful for those 4 years abroad, for so many reasons!
It was during this period that I really focused my work on nature as well.
I choose to paint nature because there is truly nothing more amazing and magical to me.
I was fortunate to grow up in an incredibly gorgeous area of the world, and my surroundings greatly influenced my work and still do. When I travel, I seek epic natural beauty, and I’ve been moved to tears so many times in so many places. I try to convey those feelings I have in those places with my work – the calm, the rush, the peace, the joy, the epicness. We all need more nature in our lives. <3
My abstract work comes from a love of color and texture and allowing materials to behave and interact organically. The experimentation with my abstract work has led to many of the techniques I use in my nature work.
What has developed over time is this ethereal world of nature as it might be without humans.
While the handpainted silks – the Lyric Scarves in particular – were the foundation of my business at first, I’ve slowly phased most of them out in order to spend more time on paintings. Today, my shop consists of Original paintings, lyric scarves, prints and the luxurious items they are printed on, such as leggings and pillows.
It’s been a crazy amazing journey since Gram handed me that first paintbrush. I wouldn’t change a moment of it. I’m so grateful and excited about what the universe has in store!
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When you travel, you seek epic natural wonders. When you have a day off, you head outdoors. To places without people… where you can really listen to the water, the breeze, and the birds. I feel you. Nothing makes me feel more connected to myself and to everything than tuning into our natural world. I believe that we’re bound to everything and to each other. We are nature. I paint nature because there is nothing more beautiful and magical to me. My abstract work comes from a love of color and allowing materials to behave organically. The experimentation has led to many of the techniques I use in my nature work. I’m here to make art that helps you realign with nature and your higher Self. – Emily Magone
I’m 33 today. And it’s been 4 years since I went full time Artist. It seems like it’s been even longer. My brain feels like it’s been through 10 years of it already. But in a good way.
I mean, every moment in our lives has led us to this point.
And there is so much clarity in hindsight. I wouldn’t change a minute of it.
The last 4 years have been a deep-dive into the knowledge banks of so many before me – on entrepreneurship, on introspection, on manifestation, on healing, on soul growth, on finances, on our natural connection to every thing. While I’m grateful for my formal education, this experience has taught me far more.
I go to bed every night excited to wake up the next morning and do it all again.
33 is an important year for me. The end of a cycle, the beginning of a cycle, a time of synchronicity and of alignment. It’s time for the next phase, and oh man am I ready. I’ve been preparing for this my whole life.
As I’ve discussed in the past, my happiness continues to grow exponentially. There are always going to be bumps in the road; some more traumatic and difficult than others. But it’s how you handle them that determines where you go next. Choosing to learn, grow and squeeze every drop of wisdom from every experience is how you soar.
Action cures fear. And beyond fear lies your wildest fucking dreams.
You know that moment when you realize that you’ve come THROUGH something? You know you’re not the same person that you were before. That you’ve finally learned the lesson, and can move forward with deeper insight, self-awareness and confidence. You’ve just shifted. Shifted closer to your higher Self.
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Shade is just as magical as the light – when you decide to make it so.
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The forest can heal you, in so many ways. I promise.
Building a website is rough on the eyes and neck, but it was worth it and I’m so excited to show you!
HINT: You’re on the new site RIGHT MEOW! >D
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So my husband won some high-level romance awards this weekend when he surprised me with a trip to New Orleans for Jazz Fest to see Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds. I knew the weekend was going to be epic but I was not prepared for the the explosion of awesomeness that occurred.
Night One :
We eat a delicious seafood dinner and I see for the first time the dirty madness that is Bourbon Street. As we mosey back to the hotel, we pass by a lounge with these fucking angels singing inside…the soulful, echoing voices of which wrap around my heart and pull us inside.
On their break, I took my Jameson drinking self up there and told them I loved them and once I’m ballin’ outta control I’m flying them all up to Montana for the greatest party ever.
Day Two :
Dave at Jazz Fest day!! Jazz Fest goes on for a couple weeks, and you can get a pass for any of the days. There is so much food and music and art and creative awesomeness going on at this place it’s wonderful. We ate, we drank, we sang, we danced, and Dave & Tim of course did not disappoint <3
LOOK HOW FUCKING EXCITED I AM holy shit this woman is a goddamn goddess.
A ridiculously successful artist that has dominated in HER way, by simply being HERself. Authentically, unapologetically, and independent of galleries. Not only that, but one who thrives on making sure women know that we can do WHATEVER THE FUCK WE WANT and be successful at it. She’s a prime inspiration of mine, and this moment was totally surreal for me.
I love her. What a goddamn amazing day.
Day Four :
More delicious food all day, and the day of wrought iron obsession. I love the style of New Orleans.
When my husband and I travel, we’re always looking for aspects of design that we want to incorporate into the home that we’ll eventually build. And the wrought iron balconies and railings of New Orleans will definitely be one of those things. So beautiful. Can you imagine being a blacksmith back in the day working on these gorgeous designs? What a craft <3
As we’re wandering around the French Quarter and roaming in and out of the countless art galleries on Royal Street, we came upon the Craig Tracy Gallery, which I didn’t realize was in New Orleans! If you’re not familiar with the work of Craig Tracy, or have never binge-watched Skin Wars, he’s one of the most talented body painters in the world. His vision is incredible.
Anywhoo, I’m browsing around, and who comes walking out of the back but mother-effing CRAIG TRACY.
I nearly squealed out loud but managed to get my gleeful fists over my mouth in time to not fully shame myself.
Met TWO incredible inspirations of mine in the same weekend. Mind blown with joy and gratitude. For real.
And as if this weekend couldn’t get any more amazing, we decided to take a stroll along the water after stuffing ourselves painfully full with one last delicious seafood meal. The steamboat is lighting up the harbor, and husband tells me he has one more surprise for me. Busts out a ring, and asks me to marry him again. *SWOON*
What. A. Weekend.
We’ll be back, New Orleans. I love you. <3
It’s been pouring outside and I’ve been on the laptop for days working on the new website…Scarlet grows weary of this nonsense 🐶❤️