|HARTSY, OIL, 24 x 16.|
By Bonnie Gangelhoff
BORN: Orem, UT.
ART EDUCATION: Bachelor of fine arts from Brigham Young University, Provo, UT.
STYLE: “I paint about the tenderness and toil of being a mother and a woman.”
MOST INTERESTING THING ABOUT THE WAY YOU WORK: “I use walnut oil to minimize my use of solvents out of my concern for the environment, my health, and the well-being of the 2-year-old squirming in my lap while I paint.”
FIRST ART SALE: “My dad [artist James Christensen] gave me a piece of masonite with a painting on one side. Then I painted a little jack-in-the-box on the other side. It sold for $50 at the Springville Museum of Art’s annual high school show.”
SECOND-CHOICE CAREER: Midwife.
OTHER PASSIONS: Reading, traveling, sewing.
BEST ADVICE RECEIVED: “My sister, artist Cassandra Barney, told me, ‘Be where your feet are.’ It’s a good reminder to focus on what you are doing at the moment.”
MANTRA OR MOTTO: “May a display of my thoughts and feelings strike a chord that will resonate beauty and honesty.”
FAVORITE STUDIO MUSIC: Books on CD. “I also listen to music that is lyrical
and funky, poetic and a little punk.”
PET PEEVE: “Having to put down my brush and go to bed.”
FAVORITE ARTWORK BY ANOTHER ARTIST: Brian Kershisnik’s NATIVITY. “It has more than 100 figures in it.”
PRICE RANGE: $900 to $2,500.
NEXT BIG GOAL: “I’m doing paintings for a children’s book that I wrote.”
GALLERIES: Terzian Galleries, Park City, UT; Greenwich Workshop Gallery, Fairfield, CT; www.emilymcphie.com.
Featured in our annual “21 Under 31” article in September 2008