|Mini Portrait on Tiny Canvas|
Name: Emma Corcoran
Company: Blue Day Designs
Location: Ballarat, Australia
What sets your work apart?
I think I have a strong design element to my work. In my portraits, I try to do something that represents the child well - but I also put a lot of consideration into the placement of the design on the canvas, how the portrait will fit into surrounding home decor, and the color of the image. I usually do my portraits in single colors (usually black and white) and I really like the boldness of this.
I love my mini portraits just because they are so small. I think capturing a child's personality in such a small space can make for a really special little artwork.
|Your Handwriting on the Wall|
I used to be a piano teacher until I got a chronic illness (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), which has left me pretty much in bed for the past 10 years and unable to work. When I stumbled across doing portraits, I realised it was something I could do from home when I had energy.
I was really attracted to working with children's images for the same reason I enjoyed teaching piano - I wanted to do something that would make children feel special. This is the same reason I do stenciled artworks using children's handwriting - I like the idea that children's writing can be 'art' and is valuable in its own right.
|Medium Custom Portrait|
I spend most of my time resting in bed when I'm not working on my Etsy business. So, I have a lot of down-time where I'm able to think of new ideas. My frustration is that I don't have the energy to carry out all my ideas!
|Mini Custom Portrait|
Enormous benefit - I used to be a musician, so now being more of an artist is another great outlet for my creativity. I find that I really enjoy the balance of having a small business and doing marketing and customer relations - and the actual process of creating portraits.
What would you make more of if you had more time?
I would love to do an exhibition of my portraits locally.