Local artist Emily Maxson Porter creates watercolor and acrylic paintings, specializing in landscapes, plants (especially flowers), and abstractions based on natural patterns and forms. Many paintings are inspired by her experiences and impressions traveling in the West and Midwest. Others spring directly from her imagination, and still others find their inception in specific materials, techniques, or compositional approaches. She enjoys creating "improvisations" which develop through a dialogue between her ideas and the whims of the medium. Emily has a new exhibition Visual Ambiguity beginning at Morso on Oct 2, 2014, with a Meet the Artist Reception Oct 4 from 3-5pm.
Emily feels that any creative endeavor, whether it be writing a play, composing a symphony, or painting a picture, is a yin-yang-like dialog between design and serendipity, between logic and intuition, between left brain and right brain. To manage the interplay to achieve the best result in the most efficient way is a task which begins anew with each endeavor, and she looks forward to the challenge with every painting.
Emily said, “Since I tend to see landscapes when confronted with visual ambiguity, and have a deep appreciation for the beauty of nature, it is no surprise that my paintings are usually about landscape, both real and imaginary, as well as abstractions based on natural patterns and forms, and that my three-dimensional work finds a similar inspiration.”
She hopes that these works will give the viewer a fresh look at some of the commonplaces which surround us, a moment of visual delight, and an increased appreciation of the inherent structure and beauty of the natural world.
Over the years Emily has been a teacher, organist, composer, software engineer, and visual artist; common to all these endeavors has been a creative spirit. As a visual artist she is constantly challenging herself to explore new approaches to technique and vision, to push the capabilities of the medium, and to investigate new materials. In the visual arts Emily is largely self-taught, and have also taken classes and workshops with Greg Lipelt, Mary Ann Inman and Stephen Quiller. She has a BA, Elementary Education from Concordia University, St. Paul, MN, a Masters in Fine Arts, Music (organ), University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, and a Masters in Computer Science, University of Wisconsin -- Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI.
Come in and see Emily’s new solo exhibition Visual Ambiguity beginning October 2.