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Artists who inspire Moorhead painter Emily Williams-Wheeler – InForum

By on April 4, 2022 0

MOORHEAD – Whether teaching art enrichment and creative thinking classes at his Moorhead studio or serving on the board of the Rourke Art Gallery + Museum,

Emily Williams Wheeler

has built an artistic career that is defined by whimsical creations and an enthusiastic smile.

Her joy and sense of exploration in her art manifests itself in the very diverse mediums she explores – encaustic, acrylic and her new adventures in pottery.

With her creativity being pulled in so many different directions, we asked Williams-Wheeler how she keeps both her colors and her smile bright. Here’s a Q&A with Wheeler, who is also a partner artist of The Arts Partnership.

Emily Williams-Wheeler is known for the vibrant colors in her paintings.

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Q: Which artist, writer or musician inspires you?

A: Paul Simon. He’s one of my favorite musicians. I love the lyrics to “You Can Call Me Al”. I like most of his work, and I especially like “Graceland”. But what I really like is his writing. His poetry really speaks to me.

Richard Diebenkorn

. The way his compositions present themselves. He is an abstract artist with an incredible use of color and mark making. I like Friedensreich Hundertwasser for his color and form in architecture. I am a total colorist. I do the color wheel for my students, which I do every year. They have to learn how to mix paints, which is very important to me. They have to learn how to do skin tones, in their own color, which is very tricky. Lots of paint mixing!

Q: Are there any local artists that inspire you?

A: Oh! I think a lot of people already know this, but I was completely inspired by

Catherine Miller

and his pottery. She took me under her wing and was my mentor in my new adventure, and I’m so inspired by her; his generosity and his work. Too,

Susan Morrissey

. I absolutely adore his work. She does everything. She paints, she draws, she sculpts, she can do anything. She is incredible!

Q: Is there anything you wish people knew about your art?

A: I would like to educate people on how long it takes to create an original work of art. I think people wonder why things are so expensive, like “Why do I have to pay so much when I can go to Walmart?” I think if people really understood the effort it takes to go from A to Z on a work of art, in addition to the business and overhead required beyond the time and materials needed to create, that would really make a difference. I would like people to know that.

Q: What do you do to energize yourself when you’re having a slow day?

A: I listen to podcasts all the time; I’m attracted to cold podcasts. The one that got me hooked before COVID was

“Up and gone.”

They actually helped solve that one. I also like audio books while painting. These are usually British or Scandinavian mysteries.

I think sometimes, though, it just doesn’t give me energy. So I pull out my music playlist and I get really energized! I need to do this more. I like classic rock, so I do a lot of Pink Floyd or ELO (Electric Light Orchestra), or go back to the Beatles.

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Emily Williams-Wheeler seen in September 2021.

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Brandi Malarkey, TAP Partner and Community Content Contributor, is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, administrator and occasional. She is a collector of dead bugs and good books, and believes that ordinary miracles and small kindnesses have the power to change the world. Learn more about Brandi on her website: www.itsallmalarkey.com.

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