How do you describe your art?
Most of my artwork seems to revolve around natural subject matter, often animals. I would describe my drawing style as detailed, delicate, patterned, and partly graphic.
How long have you been making it?
I’ve been creating for as long as I can remember. I’ve been selling work at craft shows and art fests since about 2005, but have developed a style and been more proactive since entering college in 2009.
Everyone always wants to know this: where do you get your ideas?
I am very much a “reference” artist. I collect photos from National Geographic magazine, online, library books — anything. I take bits and pieces from each photo to create my image while adding a touch from my own artistic personality.
How do you know you are on the right track with a new work?
I know that I’m on the right track with my new work because it just seems to flow. It’s not a struggle, I’m not fighting to have a style that I don’t naturally have, and I still love doing it!
What do you do to encourage your own creativity?
I am constantly creating and looking at other artists’ work for inspiration. If I’m not working on a piece for school or a commission, I will create gifts for friends or my own “side projects” to sell. Not everything goes smoothly and it’s a constant learning process, but the more I work, the quicker I seem to get through those creative rough patches.
What is your artistic motto? Or what do you tell yourself when the going gets tough?
Keep a forward motion. Mistakes will come but learn from them and improve.
Give us one final word to describe what you hope people get from your work:
Emily Wendland is a local artist who will graduate from Bemidji State University in December 2012 with a degree in visual art and painting concentration. Her senior show, Transcendental Terrain, will run from November 19 to December 11 at the Talley Gallery on the BSU campus. She sells work at the Yellow Umbrella Gift Shop in downtown Bemidji, as well as online at etsy.com/shop/EewCute. You can keep up with her creating at emilywendlandart.tumblr.com/.