We stumbled upon the beautiful artwork of NY-based Emily Burns a while ago and decided to welcome her on board as guest blogger in August. Here’s your chance to ask her some of your own questions and enjoy her paintings as well as photos – sometimes we have trouble distinguish the two!
Name: Emily Burns
Location: New York City, USA
I love the outdoors, and my horses and my dog, driving, helping others, music and art. I also love food, obviously.
I get my inspirations from:
I am inspired by people and the world around me. I love trying to new things or going to new places. I like getting into trouble. You never know what is going to inspire you, so try it all. I always carry my camera, as heavy as it is, because you never know what is going to happen!
Oil paintings by Emily Burns:
How I got my break:
Good friends and by keeping my eyes and ears open for opportunities around me. And by hanging out with creative people. There is so much you can get involved in if you are paying attention.
My top tricks of the trade:
Surround yourself with positive people, work hard, and work more! This unfortunately means less sleep. But in this kind of industry, there is no one pushing you. You have to be your own boss, and not a very nice one. Don’t be hard on yourself; just know that you can achieve a lot if you really put your mind to it. When people critique you, take their advice with a grain of salt. You can’t please everyone, and if you try you will eventually burn yourself out and ultimately be unhappy with your work. Do what you love and what you find interesting and other people will agree!
My style in a sentence:
I love classic and comfortable. And hippie. My favorite outfit is a simple patterned dress and leather sandals. I am also totally obsessed with a new tie-dyed sundress I just bought…
Bet you didn’t know:
I used to box in college… it was a killer workout and helped me let off some steam. I had to quit because I was too tired to paint… I couldn’t hold my arms up.
My latest project is about:
The human body as a vessel and how it relates to its surroundings. I am interested in the way the body is a tangible object, and how it is physically shaped and changed by its environment over time.
My last purchase:
Sri Lankan food and Guinness. An excellent combination. Oh, and a tie-dyed sundress.
My current favorite mecho item:
Magic inspiration from Africa including the gorgeous SOKO, Choolips, MADE, and ASOS lines inspired by the beautiful fabrics of Africa. I love the relaxed styles and colorful patterns. The labels’ support for Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique are a huge plus and the landscape photography is spectacular.