Sunday, November 28, 2010

Focus On... Emily Finan!

I first saw Emily Finan's ACEO set The Four Seasons and fell in love with the vibrant colors surrounding such delicate faces. Then I saw her Victorian girls and who wouldn't love those big white bows? Emily graciously answered my questions. So, read on!

Tell me some basic info about yourself.
My name is Emily Finan, I'm an artist/illustrator from outside of Detroit, Michigan. I am currently finishing up my degree in studio art and will also be certified to be a K-12 art teacher. 

What kind of mediums do you use and why?

I love working with charcoal, graphite, and black india ink. I enjoy working on colored papers, and adding splashes of white and gold ink. This year I have also been focusing on digital drawings made in Photoshop with a Wacom tablet. By limiting my color pallet, I am really forced to think about composition and value.

What made you decide to sell on etsy?

I have always wanted to be able to make a living doing something that I loved. As I started to study art more deeply in college, it seemed natural to sell my work to others. After a lot of research, I decided that etsy was a great venue to sell prints of my work, and it has been a great experience so far.

Where do you get your inspiration?

I am inspired by people, especially children. Old photographs, books, dreams, the story of childhood - the line between reality and fantasy - are all things that inspire me.

What is your favorite music to craft by?

I don't listen to music that often in my studio - usually when I am working I have the TV on for background noise. I like HGTV, Food Network, and History Channel.

When it's cold outside, I wrap myself up in blankets and keep a hot cup of coffee in my hands at all times!

When I'm hungry, I whip out my favorite take-out menus and yell at myself for my lack of skills in the kitchen.

When I need a boost, I either go for a walk with my puppy Vinnie or grab a triple-shot mocha from my favorite coffee shop. (Sometimes both!)

I wish I was a bit more organized.

If I could give one gift to everyone I know, it would be the feeling of being content.

If I could have coffee with anyone, it would be Bethenney Frankle from the reality TV show Real Housewives of NYC. I find it fascinating how she balances running a business, having a social life, and starting a family. 

If I were an animal, I'd like to be a sea horse. I've always wanted to breath underwater!

My favorite piece of my own..that's tough! I think out of everything I'd done, I favor my sketchbooks the most. They're not only maps of my artistic process, but portals into my thoughts.

My favorite blogs/websites right now:


  1. how cute! i really like 4 seasons!

  2. I saw her works in etsy and I fall in love with the victorian girls! Irresistible big bows!!


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