21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2018: Emilae Belo


Emilae Belo, Morning Stillness, oil, 8 x 10.

Emilae Belo, Morning Stillness, oil, 8 x 10.

Art Education: I studied for three years with Ryan Brown at the Center for Academic Study and Naturalist Painting (now the Masters Academy of Art) in Springville, UT.

Style: Naturalism.

Creative Spark: Beauty just pops up everywhere. Oftentimes, right before I fall asleep at night, ideas and images arrange themselves before my shut eyes.

Second-Choice Career: I worked as a historic preservation intern in college and loved the “detective” work.

Other Passions: Traveling! I have visited Brazil four times, and I’ve explored all over Europe while living in Poland for my husband’s medical school training.

One Thing People Don’t Know About You: I went through childbirth in a public hospital in Poland.

Best Advice Received: Take the time to find your “style.”

Biggest Fear: That I won’t live up to my own standard of creating masterful art.

Pet Peeve: When people say “I wish I could draw.” No, you don’t. If you did, you would do something about it.

Quirkiest Trait: I love cemeteries.

Mantra or Motto: Keep the promises you make to yourself.

Favorite Studio Music: I have to paint in silence so I can hear when my baby wakes up. But honestly, I get so pulled into my work and thought process that I’ve never noticed if music is on or not.

Favorite Work by Another Artist: It’s impossible to pick just one! This week I’ve spent a lot of time admiring Philip de László; last week it was Anders Zorn.

Future Goals: To paint beautiful and inspiring works that will help elevate the current standard of fine art. Also, I want to build an awesome studio space.

Price Range: $300 to $3,000.

Representation: www.emilaebelo.com.

This story was featured in the September 2018 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art September 2018 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

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