THE MAKER: EMILY EISENHART
The Texas muralist is experimenting, exploring, and discovering her own style one brushstroke at a time.
DAUGHTER OF AN ARTIST AND AN ANTHROPOLOGIST, EMILY EISENHART GREW UP POKING AROUND ANCIENT ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES ACROSS THE SOUTHWESTERN STATES AND CENTRAL AMERICA. AFTER STUDYING
CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY IN COLLEGE, SHE BEGAN A CAREER AS A DESIGNER WHILE MOONLIGHTING AS A PAINTER AND MURALIST. FEELING BURNT OUT WITH HER NINE-TO-FIVE, SHE LEFT HER JOB IN 2017 TO HIT THE RESET BUTTON. MORE TIME TO MAKE ART QUICKLY TURNED THIS SIDE HUSTLE INTO A FULL-TIME GIG.
Q: Why did you decide to pursue art as a career?
A: I think at my core, I was born an artist and that’s always what I wanted to be. I ignored that for a really long time. As a kid, I was always drawing and painting, but as I grew older, I never thought I could make a career out of it. A few things fell into place, including a solo show and a large mural commission, and I decided to take the leap. Fast-forward to now: I work for myself and am having a blast.
Q: What’s your favorite part about painting murals?
A: I will always love arriving at the wall and painting that first brushstroke. When I’m out there painting exterior murals, it’s fun to hear people passing by and interacting with the artwork— whether they love it or they don’t or they’re shouting from across the street, “That’s awesome!” I relish in sharing that process with people and getting live feedback.
Q: Where do you find inspiration?
A: I find inspiration everywhere. It might be the shadow cast from a streetlamp or the colors of the sunset when I’m kayaking on the lake. I’m consistently drawn to patterns and shapes.
Q: What’s it like living in Austin?
A: As a creative professional, Austin has been a total dream. The creative community here is alive and well. There are tons of artists, makers, small-business owners— most of whom are incredibly supportive of one another. And there are lots of walls!