We had the good fortune of connecting with Rusul Emad and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rusul, alright, let’s jump in with a deep one – what’s you’re definition for success?
I define success not necessarily by what I achieve but what I’m working through to reach my goals.. In the art world, commercial success is not easy to attain in, there is a process and steps that are often not clear and rely mostly on luck. My success is when I see my self in the studio creating work that brings people joy.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I consider myself a storyteller who focuses on the vivid expression of dreams by using symbolism via the struggles of life, hope, success and failure. Each artist has their own vision and own signature, I try to focus on thematic expression more than anything. I certainly find myself influenced by renaissance era masters, but much of my inspiration comes from my personal dreams and life experiences. Professionally, this journey has been difficult for me as a mother of two young children and maintaining a studio from home. Time is the biggest challenge, creating time whenever possible, stealing the minutes throughout the day to do art and bring myself closer to achieving my professional goals. In my younger years I never understood the value of time, but I now find that using time wisely and planning your work cycles are among the most critical tools a young artist starting out needs to comprehend, especially starting out where a second job may be needed to cover expenses to get into the art world. Everyone has their own artistic process, but creating a framework and workflow like any other job is necessary to produce at a level that can allow exposure into a often difficult landscape. I am most excited about the world getting to know who I am as an artist and enjoying my art and stories as I do, the challenges that I faced are just another facet of my art.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Arizona has some of the most absolutely beautiful scenery in the world, from the red rock mountains in Sedona, to the Grand Canyon, to the high country surrounding the valley. I love nature much more than the city life, but no visit would be complete without visiting the downtown Phoenix Art District, Scottsdale Art Walk and the Phoenix Art Museum. We are lucky to have some of the best restaurants in the country, a must visit would be Cibo Pizzeria in Phoenix. Many of my guests will make that a priority when they visit! A stay in Sedona, at least for a day, is also a must do activity for anyone coming to Arizona. The view is amazing and there is always so much original art available to enjoy.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
For me, it starts with a warm supporting environment at home. The global pandemic, for all its difficulties and pain, has taught us how to be close to those that matter more than ever. My mother and father have been my biggest supporters, always encouraging me and providing me the opportunity early on to explore art. My husband has also been a big supporter, I trust his honest opinion and clear critique of each piece I create. He is always pushing me harder to challenge myself with every new piece, pushing my boundaries which has really allowed me to grow. As an artist, truth in critique is an important aspect in understanding your impact on people who enjoy your work. Without truthful feedback, it can be very difficult to understand how your work is being received. Too many artist are surrounded by people who say “this looks great” without really considering it carefully.