21 Under 31 | Emily McPhie

HARTSY, OIL, 24 x 16.
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