We had the good fortune of connecting with Emma M and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emma, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I pursued a creative artistic career because I want to be able to express myself and make people happy.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I am most proud of my vast collection of avocados because it took me years to make. I’m very excited about turning my art into stickers. I’ve learned that selling art is like selling a part of yourself, so I hope people like my art.
I almost gave up on my dream of being an artist in 5th grade. Growing up, I always told my mom that I wanted to be an artist, but when I heard that artists have to be struggling before people value their work, I asked my mom what I should do instead because I didn’t want to be in desperate need. She told me not to give up on my dream and helped me start selling my avocado art at festivals and art markets. My first art festival was the Houston Music and Arts Festival. I was so nervous the night before; I was afraid no one would like my art. But to my surprise, a bunch of people did like my art and bought a lot. My mom says she thinks it’s because my Ava Avocados make people laugh and smile. She said people need a smile nowadays with everything that is going on. That made me feel good because the goal of my Ava Avocado art is to make people happy.
After the festival, I was sold my art at the Silos at Sawyer Yards. It was here where the gallery owner of Artbinsters discovered me, and now she sells my art in her gallery. She’s very nice and says her customers like my art, so I’m very happy about it.
I used to sell lemonade from my lemonade stand when I was little. However, I learned that selling your art is a lot harder than selling lemonade. It’s hard because selling your art is like selling a piece of yourself. I was very scared at first to sell my avocados because I was afraid no one would like them.
I donate to local charities using the sales from my art. Recently, I’ve been donating to the Star of Hope. Next, I want to help save the bees! If you want to see what I’m up to next, you can follow me on Facebook and Instagram to see my latest works! @EmmasDoodleArt
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them to a trampoline park, such as Urban Air and then visit Chinatown to eat.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My parents played a big role in my art career. Whenever I felt like giving up, they would help me, and they encouraged me to go to art markets. This was how I gained traction, and I owe it all to my parents.
My mom took all the photos.