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Emily Rickard

Where are you from and where do you currently reside?
I grew up in Seville, Ohio - a lovely small town of about two thousand people. I currently live in Los Angeles.
We were instantly drawn to the bold strokes and bright palette in your compositions. How did you discover and develop your artistic style?
I have always loved color and it’s been a clear constant in my artwork since I was a kid. It wasn’t until college in a Modern Art history class while studying Rothko and Frankenthaler, that I realized it was more than okay to make art that was all about color. It has been my focus ever since.
You recently moved to Los Angeles. How has this change in your environment influenced your artwork? Where do you find inspiration in your day-to-day?
The sunshine here is off the charts! While I genuinely miss the change of seasons in the midwest (I’ve heard people say that LA has different seasons but I have yet to agree) this 365 days of summer weather has definitely made an impact on my preferred color paletes, consciously keeping my work lighter and brighter. And the mid-century, laid-back, beach vacation vibe here is pretty contagious. It lends itself to making work which feels lighthearted and fun.
What are a few of your studio necessities (radio, specific paintbrushes, etc.)?
Music - the perfect playlist is a must and definitely influences me while I’m painting… Everything from bluegrass to Beyoncé. Also, organization! I currently work in a small space and the perfectionist in me has to have everything in its place before I get to work. So storage is a necessity.

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Is there something people would be surprised to discover about you?
As a kid I wanted to grow up to be an artist, a Spice Girl, or a panda researcher. I got one out of the three, which is pretty cool. Seven year old me would pleased!

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