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i am a self-defined Nuyorican creative (that is a Puerto Rican who is from both the isles of Manhattan, NYC and the Caribbean). I share daily in the joy of education and live in a cute port town in New York, in a 'teensy-weensy' apartment with my two dogs and canary named Valentino. Check out my Etsy shop for purchasable pieces. Please do not reproduce imagery off of this site without explicit credit and no derivatives may be made of my original imagery- Thank You.

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Artist Gregg Emery - On Being Centered


My husband is both a professional sketcher and a painter. We work in two completely different ways. He is an extrovert and I am in introvert. That is to say he gathers his energy from external sources and I from interenal. With that said, he can draw in public (and does so frequently) I on the other hand have to be alone in the studio - with no one looking over my shoulder!

So about Gregg Emery, he has over two hundred sketchbooks filled with drawings. These are gesture drawings done with a piece of graphite as pictured here:

There is no eraser, no point, only an edge. Therefore, he never erases. Every line even if done in a not-so proportionate way, remains as part of the overall composition. Much like life, we get no erasers- no do-overs. Instead we have to learn to live with the choices we have made, move-on and resolve them -but we can't really erase them. He draws anywhere - and I mean anywhere, at music performances, at broadway musicals, on the subway, in the cafe, restaurants, really just anywhere. I have even seen him draw while he was walking!

IMG_0849.JPGIMG_1180.JPG Most of our students know this side of Emery, but what they don't know is the prolific painter he is and his penchant for abstract yet centered art.

Gregg is concerned with discerning an internal balance within and without our human selves. He is concerend with making connections and the deep value involved with human exchange. His paintings and his drawings remind me of Rumi's poetry on being centered.

To see more of Gregg Emery's work click on his name here! His latest Paris/Munich/Berlin sketches will be posted by Sunday!!!

Reader Comments (3)

Great drawings! It is a beautiful thing to share your life with someone that understands what you do. Great post. Welcome back.

March 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBeatriz

Gregg’s art is so free, fluid, expressive... Just as you describe him... Well, of course...how else could he be to liberate the flow of lines that present themselves for human study?!
The reason behind the creation of what is identified as art has always been of interest to me... Here, for Gregg, the internal balance within and without...making connections...the depth of human exchange... And for Kiki Smith, kind of dreamy/out-there, art is a way to think...letting the wind take you with it... No one commissions the witches on pyres but she makes them anyway...
There seems something in particular that fuels the artist spirit, something that drives hands to take things and make something else out of them... There are many reasons given but I suspect there is only one reason... And I don’t think it’s just to express oneself. We all want to do that, and many do it ways that aren't identified as art. But what is the one reason that is behind the result we unanimously call art?

March 28, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermissalister

these art pieces are great artwork from you gregg you and marisol have great art but to diff styles

April 5, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercuchi

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