We had the good fortune of connecting with Emily Wetzel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emily, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk taking is always a tough subject because a risk, in theory, can take away everything… or it can do the opposite, it can make everything all that you’ve ever wanted it to be. I have always felt that the biggest risk is not taking a risk at all. One of my favorite artists, Sue Tsai, recently did a piece that quotes, “you’ll always be haunted by your potential,” I truly believe that. My biggest risk that impacted my career positively was changing geographical locations. Leaving a smaller town and moving to a big city was the bes decision I ever made.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I started creating art because it puts my brain into a meditative flow. I had my own art studio for a long time and it was the place I felt most free and isolated from the outside world. I only started selling my pieces last year because I had no where to store them anymore and because the goal was never to make money. I genuinely love creating and the place it puts you in mentally to use your imagination. Each piece is special because you are viewing the physical manifestation of an artist’s brain. My pieces are vulnerable aspects of myself that I don’t hold back of and the fact that you can put that into something tangible is exciting and scary at the same time.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take them to Joshua Tree. The stars make you feel like you’re floating in outer space. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My first experience with creating “real” art was my senior year in highschool art class. My art teacher, Libby Scandale, gave me an open ended dream when it came to creating. She would get so excited over everyone’s pieces that the entire energy was elevated. Even though I am 30 years old, I think of her often.
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