CH.89: If you were to categorize or describe the style of your artwork, what would it be and why?

EI: Feminine, elegant, whimsical, imperfect.

CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?

EI: I draw my inspiration directly from my life. I love illustrating the seemingly mundane and I would probably be a very sad person if I couldn’t find beauty in small ordinary moments. My work is just an extension of who I am and it shifts and changes as aspects of my life shift and change.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new project/ piece of artwork?

EI: I usually roll with my first idea. It might shift during the sketch phase but I rarely deliberate for too long. I usually know instinctively if the idea is good or not. I typically make quick decisions in my life too – I trust my heart rather than my head.

CH.89: Is there anything in particular that you would want people to take from your artwork?

EI: I like the idea that my work could add a little happiness to someone’s day. I wouldn’t want it to be a sugary sweet happiness, rather something with a little more substance, like the first bite of a buttered piece of toast.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?

EI: There really isn’t any separation between my life and my work. Most of the time I don’t find it exhausting, I’m so grateful to do what I do. My husband is an artist too and basically everything we do is visual. While I’m out and about I’m constantly recording pattern or painting ideas in my head. Maybe it’s the placement of cows on a hill or a color combination I see at the train station but I literally can’t breathe fully until my idea is realized on paper.

CH.89: When starting out an artistic task, do you think it is better to have a particular direction/set plan guiding your way? Or, is it better to act on impulse and go from there?

EI: I don’t think one way is better than another. It might depend on the end use but I also think it’s important to trust your gut.

CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist thus far?

EI: It’s important to take breaks. I could literally work all day and all night and still not get everything done, but when I step away, I typically come back with a clear head and end up being even more productive.

CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?

EI: The style of my work and the way I dress and decorate my home are basically all the same. Ever since I was a baby, I’ve had very particular opinions on what I like. It’s not something that I’ve curated over the years, I just have a very clear vision of what I’m attracted to.

CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?

EI: Accepting the fact that I have to do adult things, like buy water filters and hire an accountant.

CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?

EI: I love saying, “okay I need an idea right now” and then your brain digs around and ten seconds later you have an idea.

CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artist’s that inspire you in any way?

EI: I wish I could have met Alexander Calder. He was always bouncing around different mediums, wire, metal, paint, textiles, whatever. He was incredibly prolific. I have this amazing book about his home and studio. His studio was a total disaster (in the best way possible) and his home looked just like his work. He collaborated with Vera Neumann, made things for Georgia O’Keefe, he’s always popping up in my readings about other artists. And his miniature circus? It might be my favorite thing in the world.

CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?

EI: My grandfather was an illustrator and graphic designer, and sometimes I think about how long it took him to make corrections for clients. From a commercial artist standpoint, technology definitely saves time. However, I do romanticize the time before home computers – life was naturally a lot slower which allows for more spontaneity and I think that would have been nice.

CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?

EI: Since it might be easier for me to think outside of the box, I think I probably have an easier time sifting through the day to day to find hidden happiness in unlikely places.

CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?

EI: Yes, I need change in order to feel sane. I wish I could travel more than I do but I feel fortunate to live so close to NYC. It’s like having the entire globe in one place.

CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?

EI: My favorite book is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith.

CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your artwork?

EI: My studio is just a table in a tiny cottage that we live in but soon we will be moving into a three story studio that my husband built for us. I’m looking forward to not being as limited by space. I’d like to experiment more with sculpture and film.

CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?

EI: I think an artist is someone who shares their brain. They are capable of taking an idea from their head and can put it in a form that others can experience.

CH.89: What’s the last song you listened to?

EI: Mr. Twin Sister – The In Heaven album is really nice morning music.

CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your artwork?

EI: It’s impossible to get bored if you are constantly exploring.


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