In this feature, we’re going to introduce you to Alpharetta, Georgia based abstract artist Emma Bell. Check out the interview below to get to know Emma and see more of her artwork.
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Alpharetta, GA Artist Emma Bell
How would you describe your artistic style?
What’s the main inspiration for your art?
My work is predominantly influenced by flowers as well as bright, bold and beautiful colors.
What is the biggest goal you try to achieve with your art?
I aim to make people happy with my art. I want to lift someone’s mood as they walk by my art on a wall.
What’s your favourite thing about being an abstract artist?
I love having the freedom to create whatever I want. A painting may start as one idea and evolve into something totally different which is alway exciting and takes me by surprise every time.
Why abstract art and not other mediums? Have you always created abstract art or did you start out creating other styles?
My work has developed from a traditional and impressionistic floral style, to a more abstract and free format. Whilst creating very loose layers of acrylic, charcoal, oil pastel and graphite on the canvas, my work does still hold shape, texture and form of florals.
If you could describe your art in three words, what would they be?
Bright, happy, textured.
What’s one thing people might not know about you and/or your art journey so far?
I am British. I moved to the USA 14 years ago with my husbands job.
Did you always know you’d be an artist or how has your art journey progressed?
Although I’ve always loved to paint, I graduated college with a degree in Business and Marketing and lived and worked in England as a Marketing professional for over ten years. During this time I quenched my desire to paint during my spare time and weekends. In 2009, a move from the UK to Atlanta GA with my husbands job, meant I was able to take to my brushes and palette knife more permanently and turn a lifelong hobby into a career.
In your opinion, what’s the most important personal characteristic needed to embark on a career as an artist?
I think it is always important to remember that art is very subjective and not everyone will love what you paint. With that in mind, the rejections, which are all part of the process of evolving as professional artists, will not be so tough and you can push on through without giving up.
What advice would you give up and coming abstract artists?
Follow your heart, paint what you love but also try to adapt your style to what is current and what sells.
Do you have any favourite podcasts or books that you love and that have contributed to your journey as an artist?
Not really. I do love listening to classical music while I paint though.
What’s your most fulfilling and enjoyable experience as an artist so far?
Having my art represented by Buckhead Art and Company in Atlanta GA.
Where do you see yourself and your art in 5 years?
Hopefully selling more art, being true to myself and my process and enjoying what I do more and more.