I've lived in Brighton for over 20 years. Following some creative false starts, my journey brought me back to art a few years ago with focus and energy! The ingredients from life experiences have given me the determination to now draw and paint vigorously with confidence.
Most of my creative time is spent working as a portrait artist, illustrating pets, horses and people. The unique calligram illustrative style is totally is by hand, with pen and ink, using the name of the pet or person to illustrate their face..
For more about me, read below, .
In the Picture Gallery are examples of portrait portfolio work. Other. work in water colour, ink, collage and acrylic. I sell on Saatchi online..
How to reserve your own Emily Boyce commission - Portraits of children, family pets, relatives, friends or horses. All you need to do is email a clear photo, close up to the face of the person or animal and I will do all the rest, I will keep in touch with the progress.
Please email or phone 07584309689. and I will book you in.
Please look at prices page for different packages. All completed art work can be collected in person or dispatched to you.
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"Got the drawings today. They're amazing. I especially love the way you did Travis's hair" Stuart, Florida, 2013
"She loves the picture of Polly, she is thrilled , thank you again." East Sussex, 2014
"The portrait is hanging in our hall. Looks FAB! We all love it!!" Marika, Stockholm. 2016
"That is SO COOL!! Wow, very innovative. Thanks so much! Can't wait to surprise the family" Jon, Surrey. 2016
"He absolutely loves his picture" Sarah, East Sussex. 2016
"Thank you so much the portrait it is amazing! We love it and I know my husband will too!!" East Sussex, 2016
"It's beautiful, thank you so much!! You've really captured her. Cannot wait to give it to my dad at his celebrations." A. East Sussex. 2016
Whats a late bloomer? It is those of us who come to the party a bit later than the rest! In my case it is becoming an artist.
In the beginning - When i was a jeweller I felt like I was hit in the guts every time I had a negative comment or sales dried up. I carried on building vast obstacles around myself which eventually stopped me from working altogether. I took stuff sooo personally!. Jacking it in was hardest emotionally, more than creatively.
I was not listening to myself clearly. Something had to give. With the help of a couple of special people I began to work hard on my mind and spirit and found a new self awareness which in a nutshell has brought me here, 16 years later. Its been a gradual process. Leaving my 20's was like shedding skin of self consciousness and my 30's I was getting to know me. Now, here I am 46, yay! Quite a late bloomer I guess?
Learning - Underestimating new stuff. Taking off my distorted blinkers I started to hear and see things for what they are, not my automatic opinions . I could now learn how to do things that I had always "assumed" were not enjoyable, or were silly, unachievable, or boring, or …. naff !.. (heaven forbid!) Enroling back to art college for a foundation course nearly 4 years ago started a fantastic chain. Each element of it was enjoyable, eyeopening, and provocative. (Except photoshop ….. but hey! never say never!!) (I say this to myself a lot!)
Having the open mind, I had made myself, I could go in any direction, it was so exciting! I will hold on tight onto this feeling. Its great, after having years of my life siting behind assumptions and preconceived ideas about everything from art styles, people, concepts , the list is endless. It was a very fixed mindset. for example, creativly, - watercolour? ... totally naff….. typography?... not very interesting.. colour mixing?... boring…
well, all the above is crazy rubbish! I love watercolour, type is great fun, colour mixing is fascinating and challenging, none of it stops exciting me!
Now? - Well, I am currently bonding with self promotion. Like this blog and my new newsletter. My new mantra is "only I can sell my own work"!. I am learning the importance of using communication of my feelings about my art connects with followers and collectors of my work. This is the v serious bit. Because all types of art, whether its photography, dance, sculpture, any form, connects with people in a deep way. If you see a finger print on a ceramic bowl it resonates because we are humans that share the understanding of process of making something. (this also includes engineering and such like too). It has been made with effort, skill, senses and care. We connect with the makers in an emotional way.
My late bloom is just at the start of the understanding of this connection. Why do people want art? why do they like it?? Just an image of a beautiful bird or a political poster can move us, it resonates. if its ceramics thats the viewers 'bag', then they might want to have it, so the more they know about the artist the more connected they feel with the piece.
With my passion for my work I hope my collectors and followers will connect with me too and join with my narrative. Why dogs and Brighton scenes? I wanted start with something a bit commercial. I chose portraits that people would buy as gifts, that was fun. They really have 'wow'ed' ! partly i thinks its because they can see the time and thought and consideration. The time my hand has penned the names over and over. they connect with the image when seeing their dogs heads crafted in this way. Brighton is a tourist hotspot and people love to buy brighton art. The more personal work will follow in time.
Now is the time to bloom. With knowledge and awareness as assurance, I must open the door!. don't be timid about my work, which is good, but promise myself to work hard to stay in this arty place that I love.
Thanks for reading, take care xx
(Inspired by a blog By Megan Krzmarzick about J.M. Orend, a writer and artist who has written the book, Successful Late Bloomers on the website http://theabundantartist.com/tag/late-bloomers/.. )