We had the good fortune of connecting with Emily Hirtle and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emily, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I chose an artistic career, because drawing and painting I always liked doing on the side in my earlier years and I come from a family of artists. When I was a kid and a teen. Drawing and Painting has always been there and all along that is what I am meant to do is paint and teach drawing and painting. My education I received my BFA and Certificate in Painting from The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2017 and in 2019 I received my MFA in Drawing from The New York Academy of Art. My work is apart of notable collections such as Model/Actress Brooke Shields, Actor Aidan Turner President David Kratz of the NYAA and The Linda Lee Alter Collection in Philadelhia,Pennsylvania.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My work is naturalistic and I primarily paint portraits of people who I know and care about. I am from Westerville, Ohio. I received my BFA/Cert. in Painting from The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and my MFA in Drawing from The New York Academy of Art. I come from a family of Painters. My Pappy was a very good painter and his brother my Great Uncle Hugh Hirtle designed the Country Time Lemonade Label and painted the executive portraits for IBM that is just some of his accomplishments. I teach Drawing and Painting at Various Art centers and Continuing Education departments in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. Well my work is apart of Actress/ Model Brook Shield’s collection, the Actor Aidan Turner from The British Drama series called “Poldark “. President David Kratz of The New York Academy of Art and the Linda Lee Alter foundation in Philadelphia, PA. My soft pastel painting was accepted into Sotheby’s Take Home A Nude 29th Annual exhibition. Just working really hard and keep pursuing my interest in Painting
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The Aquarium and the Art Museum in Phoenix.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Robert Henri’s book: The Artists Spirit.
Emily Rose Hirtle.