We had the good fortune of connecting with Emily Keating Snyder and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emily Keating, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
As an artist I believe my mindset habits have helped me the most. There is so much messaging in the world that tells us art can’t really be a career or that you have to choose between creativity and stability, but that doesn’t have to be true. So reprogramming my mind to believe in success has been huge; habits like meditation, affirmations and just surrounding myself with examples of successful creatives whether it’s in person or even on Instagram.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve experimented in several mediums over the years, but my current focus is creating abstract paintings with embroidery inlay. I have a background studying art in very “high art,” intellectual realms, but I’m also someone who loves working with my hands and not taking art so seriously. I think my work evolved as a way for me to elevate folk art embroidery into the space of fine art to blend those two sides. It’s been an interesting journey professionally because I graduated from college at a time when the conventional way to be an artist was still getting an MFA, submitting your work to galleries and hoping one would represent you. Since then, the ability to sell art online independently has grown and made it possible for so many more artists to succeed. It’s amazing to be a part of, but there was definitely a lot to learn at the beginning. The biggest lesson has been to stay open to everything and have patience. I often thought if I could just get this one interior designer to notice my work or sell art on this one website then I’d be set. But I’ve realized there’s usually not one precious thing that will bring success. It’s about playing the long game and welcoming opportunities as they flow.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Being in safer-at-home mode has had me daydreaming about all the places I miss. When I have visitors I love going on my favorite LA field trip which starts with coffee, pastries and an outdoor seat at Valerie in Echo Park, then a stop at Shout and About (a playful gift shop) down the street and finally a long stroll around Echo Park Lake. To me, the best thing about LA is that you can go from city to wild so easily. So I also love finding a small beach in Malibu or going for a hike in Topanga where it’s a little less crowded than other spots. My idea of excitement is often just simplicity.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
So many people deserve credit in my story! Most of them don’t even know who I am, but they’ve helped me so much, including artists like Yao Cheng and Emily Jeffords who I looked to as examples for what was possible. As well as groups like Eredità (formerly Bossladies) and The Studio Source that have connected me with other inspiring entrepreneurs to support and be supported by.