Emily Fox King
So... tell us about yourself.
I came to Utah for graduate school, then I married someone from here, and I remain. I'm originally from Pasco, Washington. I completed an undergraduate degree in painting at Western Washington University, then attended Brigham Young University to study printmaking and drawing. I teach drawing part time at Weber State University in Ogden. I have 3 children and a cat.
Why do you make art?
I can't not make art. I am most fulfilled and happy as a person when I am creating on a regular basis. I do most of my work at night after my kids go to bed. It's not ideal for me, but it's what I am doing right now. The struggle to balance parenthood, work, and art, is very REAL. I just do what I can because I know my children won't be babies forever and hopefully (fingers crossed) I won't be so broke as I am right now.
How much time do you get to spend making art?
I spend about 6 hours a week.
Did you study art in school?
I loved my time in school. It created an incredible work ethic, taught me necessary skills, and gave me a ton of confidence. I think you need a lot of confidence to pursue art. I also love the connections I made with other students as well as my professors. I feel very fortunate to have had such a great educational experience and to have found work in my field as well.
Have you read any good books lately?
Big Magic, A Moveable Feast, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, My Name is Asher Lev
How do you get through creative blocks?
I lower my expectations and create crappy stuff until I get inspired again and find a direction.
How do you balance time between making art and marketing art?
I struggle with this.