Schoolhouse Art Studio: Emily Jeffords

Our Art Studio spotlight series continues with abstract impressionist artist, Emily Jeffords. Emily, based in Greenville, South Carolina, works with oil, watercolor, and mixed media to create artwork focused on light, nature and peace. She shares with us the inspiration behind the series she created for Schoolhouse and a little insight about her creative process.

How would you describe your work and yourself as an artist?

"I am an abstract impressionist painter, but really, I just like to explore - creatively and personally. Most of my work comes out of a deep yearning for peace and I hope that, plus my love for exploration, comes through in the finished piece."

What does your creative process look like from start to finish?

"When I paint a landscape, I love to start with the colors on my palate. I mix and combine shades, creating a color story out of the oil paints that will evolve further on the canvas. Then I start making my first marks, gestural lines that will show the flow and the form of the finished piece - again, allowing for a lot of evolution within the process. It is all very loose and free. Usually, I don't know that I'm done until I step away from the canvas for a bit and come back to it. If it sings when I return, then I know it's done."  

What do you hope to communicate, or have people experience, with your art and this series in particular?

"While peace and exploration are my personal inspirations, I hope people also feel a sense of belonging within my work. Landscapes have a powerful uniting element – they are a space we all belong within. Bringing that connectivity and harmony to a wall, a room, a home, a life is my hope and goal."

Are there any rituals or routines you follow while creating?

"Music, coffee, wine, kids dancing in the background, fresh air, candles burning in the winter, incense in the summer...but my most consistent ritual is to come to the studio (and to the easel in particular ) with an open heart and a bit of excitement." 

Where do you go when you’re craving inspiration?

"I love to travel. Seeing new cities and landscapes always inspire me."

Who are your artistic or design influences/heroes?

"Mark Rothko, Claude Monet, DégasAlexander Calder... I go to an art museum and spend all day without even realizing it, crying frequently. Don't ask me why..."

What role does art and design play in your own home? Tell us about your decor style.

"Art plays a very important role in our home, although our collection is always shifting and evolving. I love collecting artwork from friends, particularly women who have inspired me. Or interior design style is very monochromatic (black, white, blue, metallic, with perhaps a few too many plants) and a bit modern. We just moved into a 1960’s mid-century modern house about a month ago and are enjoying the process of turning the space into our home."


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