March Featured Artist Spotlight | Emily Rose Patton

We are pleased to spotlight Emily Patton the March Featured Artist


About Emily Patton 

Emily Patton is a figurative painter and artist.  She current works in the Greece Central School District as an art educator

When did you start your career as an artist?

EP: Ha ha, does 5 count? I have always been creative, producing artwork. It wasn’t until 3 years ago however, when I started actively trying to show/display work throughout Rochester. 

Where did you get the inspiration for your work?

EP:The inspiration for my work comes from a variety of topics and aesthetics. My current work focuses loosely on different themes in geometry and spacial divide. Although my current work is more abstracted, my use of using multiple layers in work has been consistent even in my more familiar figurative piece. 

What makes you want to be an artist?

EP: I have always identified as an artist. 

For you how does art relate to wellness?

EP: Art, or any creative outlet, has always been how I handle my own stress. Working on a piece gives me the same tranquility as a logo class would. 

How do you stay healthy as a creative?

EP: I actively and constantly look at other artists, culture, and discussions that happen in society. A lot of what has supered my most recent work was the M.C. Escher show the Memorial Art Gallery held earlier this year. Other times its fashion, gender discussion, and what others produce. 

What do you feel is the most challenging aspect of your career?

EP: The most challenging part of my career is the idea of success, and what it means to be successful. As much as this is apart of me, and something I will never stop doing, I hope that one day it will open doors and become a means to support itself. 

When you aren’t painting/drawing/photographing what are you doing?

EP: I am currently an elementary art teacher. If I not producing art, or getting ready for a lesson, I am baking or cooking. I love that with cooking and baking you can explore the science and still be creative. 

What is it that inspires you to keep going as professional artist?

EP: I will always produce, and I will run out of room in my small apartment. 

What’s has been your best experience so far as an artist?

JA: The best part about being an artist to me, is being able to work for myself. Being my own boss is what keeps me active and willing to continue my profession.

What are you working on now?

EP: I am currently working on garment illustrations, and celtic knot abstractions. 

What’s has been your best experience so far as an artist?

EP: I have been blessed with two amazing experiences so far, I have shown at the Rochester Corn Hill Fest, as well as the Rochester Erotic Arts Festival. Both have been very positive. I loved meeting and talking to the coordinators, volunteers, participants, and audience. 

What has been your biggest challenge as an artist? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?

EP: My biggest challenge has been finding venues to showcase my work. 

What advice do you have for others interested in pursuing as career in art?

EP: Be passionate, its what will push you forward. Never be discouraged by a no, there will be someone who will say yes. Always be vigilant and look for new opportunity.

Is there anything else you’d like the readers to know?

EP:  I love color!

Published by Calvin Eaton

(he/his/him) Calvin Eaton is a disabled community educator, content creator, and social entrepreneur, whose area of expertise includes antiracism, equity, justice, instructional design, and program development. In 2016 Mr. Eaton founded 540WMain, Inc. a non-profit online and community-based organization for accessible education and events that promote justice for all.

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