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Meet Emily Quigley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Emily Quigley.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I’ve always seen myself as a creative person. Growing up, whenever I had a chance to sit down and play around with paint, markers, or even just a dry-erase board, I’d take it!

I took a hiatus from creating art during college and for a few years afterward. I worked on small projects here and there, such as painting a few murals inside the Ice Cream Smuggler on Cape Cod, but otherwise kept my hobby and talents to myself. It wasn’t until I started working at Place & Gather in Charlestown that I really decided to go for it and show everyone what I can do!

Although I was trained mostly in acrylic and oil paints, I started playing around with watercolor in the last year and it’s quickly become my favorite medium, as well as what I’m known best for.

Please tell us about your art.
A lot of artists experience creative block, reaching a point where no new ideas are coming to them. I initially had the opposite problem. I had too many ideas, and they were all competing for attention! The reason I decided to rededicate myself to my art is because it’s what makes me happiest. I applied that same philosophy to what I wanted to paint — what makes me happiest. What makes me happiest is being home.

The concept of home is, of course, different for everyone. It could be your actual house, your whole neighborhood, or even just being in the presence of those you love. The majority of my work depicts just that. I started painting places around Charlestown, where I live and work. People loved my take on some of their favorite spots in the neighborhood and started asking if I’d paint their homes for them. From there, it’s taken off – I’ve painted homes, special locations, and pets all the way from Boston out to Illinois!

As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
Success is a tricky thing — I think we all get caught up on what it looks like, and the truth is, it’s different for everyone. For me, it’s being able to do what I love, all while making someone else’s day. Nothing makes me happier than seeing the look on a client’s face when I hand over their commissioned pieces. It’s a win-win for all of us!

To be successful as an artist, you need to be true to yourself and your style, and learn to be okay with saying no. It’s easy to overload ourselves and take on too much. I want to be able to produce my best quality work, and that won’t happen if I feel rushed, overloaded, or like a subject someone wants me to paint isn’t a forte of mine (for example – I can’t paint human faces!). We can’t all please everyone, and we have to remember to be happy with ourselves!

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Prints of my Charlestown series are available for purchase at Place & Gather (26 Common St, Charlestown MA 02129). My portfolio is on my website as well as my Instagram page, and I am taking on new commissions. Send me a message to get started!

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