‘Emishi Graphic Arts and Design’ opens new canvas for senior artist Emily Shirley

By: Cynthia Springer
cespringer16@transy.edu

Armed with a paintbrush and a vision, Transylvania senior and accomplished artist, Emily Shirley, has her eyes set on the future.

Shirley is in the process of opening a business, “Emishi Graphic Arts and Design,” with the desire to sell her art and services to Lexington and surrounding areas.

Emily Shirley, a senior studio art major, sits beside two of her abstract paintings which she hopes to sell as part of her new business, “Emishi Graphic Arts and Design.”

Emily Shirley, a senior studio art major, sits beside two of her abstract paintings which she hopes to sell as part of her new business, “Emishi Graphic Arts and Design.”

“The idea to open the business has been on the mind for quite some time,” said Shirley. “What better way to support myself as a painter than selling my paintings? They start filling up the room very quickly.”

The idea of opening a business, especially at a young age, is, to some, bold, and to others, courageous.

Shirley expresses her concerns and hopes the business is successful and that “customers [will] want to buy the work.”

With a leap of faith after months of careful planning and researching, she is ready to launch the business. Shirley is on track and compiling her portfolio with many works.

“Emishi Graphic Arts and Design” will feature decorative contemporary pieces inspired by Shirley’s interest in abstracts and the expression of color and texture.

According to Shirley, the logo for the business, which features an aqua seahorse, resembles the playful yet eloquent influences found in her work. This nautical creature will find itself on business and gift cards, stickers and online web browsers supporting the company in selling her paintings and personal commissions.

Shirley said she “wants her art to be aesthetically pleasing” to customers that will purchase her paintings for their homes.

Priding herself on professionalism and aiming for success in her business, Shirley includes a certificate of authenticity with each piece of art purchased, as well as extra appreciation incentives for customers, such as discount coupons on future purchases.

Shirley aims to launch the business, aside from its own personal website, on Facebook and YouTube. There, customers will be able to watch their personalized work of art made at the click of a mouse. Pictures of works available for purchase will also be available for viewing, as well as her process of painting them.

For those interested, Shirley’s online storefront can be found at www.emishi.net.

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