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In The Picture – Emilie Rhys
Owner/Artist, Scene by Rhys Art Gallery
"I spend a lot of time in music venues, inspired by the brilliance of the music-makers to consign their image—and the environment in which they work—to art."
Q: When did your journey into the local art scene begin?
A: I was born into a family of artists—my father Noel Rockmore and grandparents Floyd Davis and Gladys Rockmore Davis. Self-taught, I have worked my entire life at art. Four years into the “New Orleans Music Inked into Art” series, I launched SceneByRhys.com. A year later, a team of people including Gallery Manager Esther Rose helped me shift operations from private studio to public gallery in November 2016.
Q: What most inspires your work?
A: The music and the people who create it! All drawings are created from life during performances, and it is a point of pride that I do not utilize photography. Consequently, I spend a lot of time in music venues, inspired by the brilliance of the music-makers to consign their image—and the environment in which they work—to art. I pay them a commission on all sales of art in which they’re depicted.
Q: What draws you to your medium, and how do you define your style?
A: Portability is paramount, so I use pencil and ink on paper. Over nearly six years, the style has evolved from crosshatching to a signature hybrid of drawing/painting via the use of gloves to artfully smear the ink.