“Art is a projection of our souls. A look at what’s happening on the inside. My work is a reflection of my relationship with myself. This journey never ends for me. However, at some point, it becomes my gift to the world...”
~ Emily Umbaugh
Born and raised in Indiana, Emily’s early childhood reflected her career as an artist. She was often times found holding her adored baby dolls in one arm, and using her other hand to draw their delicate little faces. This sort of innocence is still seen in her work today. Throughout her career in school, art was always something she excelled exceptionally well in. Winning awards and contests were common accomplishments for her. But small town life left her wanting more and the day after her high school graduation, she boarded a plane set for Los Angeles, CA. Throughout college there, she studied and worked as an interior designer before eventually turning that into a successful career as well. Today she resides in the sweet and simple hillsides of Ashland, OR where she invests in herself as a full time artist.
Emily’s work involves a mix of different mediums like graphite, oil, watercolor, acrylic, and resins applied in a series of layers. Each layer carries with it different colors and technique, qualities and emotions than the next. Just as the layers that make up who we are as individuals. Her work comes from a place of happiness and romance inside of her. Lust and desire. Pain and anguish. Innocence and play. Guilt and shame. All of the experiences that she or anyone has ever encountered, and the emotion that is felt within it, is where her next layer is created. Every piece created, is a journey she has taken within herself.