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INSIDE W/ EMILY BENNETT

Good evening KC! Today we have another fantastic interview from Emily Bennett, creator of Emily Bennett Art! I asked Emily a couple questions to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to be an artist in the art district, what motivates her, and just a little about her! Keep reading to see the full interview!


What Inspires your creativity?

“ I am inspired by beautiful places and moments around me. A lot of my ideas come from interesting views, trips I take, and just walking by something in or around my own home. After taking a cool photograph, my husband always says to me, "You should paint that!" but I don't like trying to replicate a great photo. I would rather take something someone would see as ordinary and make it into a really fantastic piece of art.”


What does your artwork represent?

“ My art represents places I've been and people in my life. I see so many inspiring things to paint on the internet, social media, etc., but I really struggle with painting something I don't have a personal connection to. And emotionally, I'd also say my art represents the joy found in everyday life.”


How do you make it, in the art community?

“ I am just getting started! I am fortunate to be able to be home with my kids, but they are young and my time to make art during the day is pretty limited to naptimes. I did recently open an Etsy shop (EmilyBennettArt), and I accept commissions from time to time. My goal for the near future is to show my work at First Fridays and some art shows.”


What does art mean to you, and what does it mean for society?

“ Art gives a voice to everyone and everything. It's been a constant in my life since I was a little kid, and has allowed me to show my true self to those close to me and those I've never met. It's really amazing how art connects people to each other and to history.”


How does being from KC affect your work in the Artist community?

“ I think the only reason I've really gotten serious about my art-making the last couple of years is because I have felt so encouraged by the artists in the KC community. Seeing the work of my art professors, people I went to college with, artists with kids, the art walks in Lee's Summit (where I live), and friends and acquaintances of mine who make art in their own ways has been so uplifting and just really helpful in my own process. Everyone in the artist community is just so supportive of one another. I feel like we're all on the same team.”



What is currently your favorite medium?

“ I learned to paint with acrylics and used those primarily, until recently. I just really felt like I understood them, and I liked being able to layer quickly and fix mistakes easily. They are also my choice of medium for more detailed work like illustrations. Lately, however, I've begun using oil paints on canvas and I am reeeeally loving them. The blending process is totally different but really fun.”


Lastly, but never least, a little about yourself?

“ I went to CMSU and majored in Commercial Art/Illustration. I worked in graphic design for about ten years. Now I'm home with my girls, ages 6 and 3, but still do some design work for my husband's company, as needed. Painting is really where my heart has always been, so a few years ago I got back into it. I paint landscapes and figures right now, but I also really love illustration. I worked with a family friend and author on some children's book illustrations, and also completed a series of butterfly paintings I turned into notecards and art prints that I sell on Etsy.”

To check out more of Emily’s artwork go to https://www.etsy.com/shop/EmilyBennettArt?load_webview=1&bid=OhrtJQ9bulqiqGB9EXNVovmmKpSp and follow their Instagram @emily.Bennett.art


As always thank you for making this possible, and giving kc more room to use their voices!


Thank you again Emily, and thank you KC!

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