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Emmy Marshall

ARTIST

“My most productive emotion is happiness. I thrive when I am radiant. I’m usually in a great mood. I believe your attitude and energy can take you anywhere.”


GJ:  Who is Emmy Marshall?

EM: Emmy Marshall is a son, friend, brother, uncle, nephew, artist and a professional. I am developing each day like film; becoming self-aware to live a life full of purpose and meaning.

GJ: How did your creative journey as an artist begin?

EM: I was literally born an artist. I was always intrigued with anything creative. I loved going to the salon with my sister and watching as she got her nails and hair done. I taught myself how to braid and sew at an early age. My stepfather cultivated my creativity by purchasing several art sets throughout the year. I remember my stepfather asking me what I wanted to be when I grew up and I responded, “I want to be an artist!”.

GJ: What is your inspiration? Where do you draw it from?


EM: The unique human experience of color is what inspires me as an artist.  The need to express myself without words and knowing that inspiration is a never-ending journey inspires me to produce more material.  Life inspires me!   It could be a spill in the street, a word, or a print in fashion that inspires an entire collection.

GJ:  Is there a process to your creativity in art?


EM: My creative process is organic and spontaneous. I use unconventional tools to paint. Examples include thread, shoes, table mats, and the list goes on and on. I do not paint every day; only when the feeling hits me, or I am inspired to create a new project.

GJ: How would you describe your artwork?

EM: The magic happens when things are not forced.  I take the most time when creating a commissioned piece because I have another person’s desires in mind.  When it comes to balancing, control and thought, there are principles of design to plan and organize artwork.  Most of the time when I create, I have one principle of design in mind and I develop off that idea.  I enjoy the freedom of creating abstract.  I have infinite possibilities.  There are no rules.  I simply make my own.

GJ: How have you managed economically as an artist during this current pandemic?


EM: Staying true to myself and I keep creating.  I have sold more art during the pandemic than I sold prior to the pandemic.  Social medial and word of mouth are positive forces.  My Black Lives Matter collage collection was a hit!   I sold all the originals and prints.  We often take for granted the work our ancestors did and what they fought for, so that inspired me to create the collages.  I would come home and watch the civil rights documentaries to submerge myself while I was creating.  Black people are resilient, innovative, and beautiful.

GJ: Emmy, there appears to be such an abundance of joy and freedom that resides with you. Where does this come from? Have you always been the person that you are now?


EM: My most productive emotion is happiness. I thrive when I am radiant. I’m usually in a great mood. I believe your attitude and energy can take you anywhere. I have always been that way.

GJ: In looking through your Instagram feed, I have seen the word OPTIMISTIC a lot. Is there significance to this word? If so, what does it mean to you?


EM: It was the name of my second solo exhibit. Hopeful and confident about the future became not only an inspiration for me but a lifestyle.

GJ: I could not help but notice your involvement in the LGBTQIA+ community.  Please share with me what your involvement is and the work that you have done.


EM: My job as an artist is to unite the people and I must start with my community.  I want to show people that you can be whatever you want, and it can take you many places.  Never give up!  I have been involved with the LGBTQIA+ youth.  My artwork was featured at the Mayor’s Pride Art Exhibition last year in the month of June.  The mayor’s office also selected four artists to speak and I was one of the panelists choses.   Project Q featured me on their cover for August 2019 and in their 2019 Black Pride issue for September.  I spoke on a panel as well for the Fulton County Board of Health at an event around art and Prep.  I really enjoy connecting with people and inspiring others.

GJ: I am a native Atlantan, and I see that you are too.  As an artist, how have you seen the evolution of the art word in Atlanta?

EM: I can’t speak on evolution, but what I can say is that I have been more involved and when you get involved you get a chance to get your voice heard and create change.

GJ: If you could paint an art piece for one famous person in the world, who would that be and why?


EM: I would love to create something for Pharrell Williams. I am a big fan or N.E.R.D and I appreciate his passion for design and fashion. On a larger scale, I would like to create designs for Nike and other major companies. These companies connect with so many globally.

GJ: What is next for Emmy?

EM: I am taking it one day at a time. I am working on a coffee table art book, a stationary line, getting more art in businesses and homes, making partnerships with brands, and closing out the year 2020 successfully.

GJ: Emmy, lastly, where can one find and purchase your artwork?


EM: My artwork can be found at www.paintedbyemmy.com

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