Tryptich of acrylic paintings, 4 x 4, 5 x 5, and 4 x 6 © Emily Newmann

I love making art.  As a dancer for many years, I became aware of shapes, forms, rhythms, dimensions, and ways to envelop space.  This perspective has influenced my visual art.  I took up printmaking close to five years ago when I decided to try something new.  Printmaking has opened up an entire new world to me. I love the spontaneity of it, the surprise of how the print will appear after running it through the press, and the thoughtful time it takes to create a print. I enjoy the variety of prints one can make, and I find I never stay at one thing too long.

I tend to let my mood in the moment guide me as I enter the studio, thus some of my prints are whimsical and others more serious.  Some are realistic forms that may connect to nature in some way, while others are abstract.  I love creating deep rich colors that pop, and subtle transparent ones that sigh quietly.  I think each print takes on a mood of its own, and it is often one that has been transformed several times during the process of its creation.

Many of my current prints and paintings have been influenced by my grief, for my parents and my beloved husband all died in a period of 14 months.  I have spent time both making visual art as well as using writing as a means of expressing my grief process.  I have found that written word and visual art together complement each other well, and can get to the true essence of one’s emotional life.

I am a therapist and use art making and expressive writing with my clients.  These mediums have been powerful sources of expression and healing for the people with whom I work.  Many people are grieving the loss of a loved one, or a relationship.  Their powerful art work and written word is a testimony to the strength that people conjure up deep within themselves at times of incredible suffering.

– Emily Newmann

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