THE MAKER: EMILY EISEN­HART

The Texas mu­ral­ist is ex­per­i­ment­ing, ex­plor­ing, and dis­cov­er­ing her own style one brush­stroke at a time.

Do It Yourself - - Before + After -

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!

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