| Carsen Smithwick

Meet Eskine Art

It’s National Beautiful Day, and we wanted to take the time to highlight our maker Eskine Art and the Happy Balloon Art art she creates. These canvases add a touch of happiness & beauty to any room with the constant reminder to smile! As once famously quoted by Truvy from Steel Magnolias, “Smile - it increases your face value!”

Emily Eskine started her art journey by teaching herself how to draw at the age of nine. During her school years, she began studying studio arts where she learned different techniques, mediums, and more. However, during her time in Art College, she was battling with her individuality as she dealt with homelessness and working multiple jobs while being a full time student. She often compared her work to others and struggled with her mental and physical health, ultimately losing joy from art. Emily fell back in love with art later in life by sticking to what she wanted to paint - symbolic, emotional or happy pieces that caused a sense of nostalgia. Art became her form of therapy. One of her favorite pieces happens to be a still life painting of her favorite heart-shaped sunglasses. Emily states just to not give up, don’t compare your work to others, and just keep trying until you figure out what makes you happy.

Using acrylic paints and graphite, Emily continues to create pieces that bring her joy. Her current favorite pieces to make are her Happy Balloons and still-lifes of food. She has a whole collection dedicated to the delectable sweet treats you can find at Sweet Society. She loves being able to offer fun activities, free goodies, or little treats at her tent during markets. When she painted Moon Pies, she would give out free Moon Pies with every purchase of these paintings!

Within the Local Pop Up community, Emily would love to one day be able to collaborate with Laced with Sunshine. Emily states that since they have such similar vibes and pieces, she feels like they would work well together. Outside of working with other makers, Emily would like to try making other home decor items, like trays and coasters. She hopes to also turn more of her art into stickers and enamel pins.

Outside of Eskine Art, Emily has also owned and operated her own professional pet-sitting service, Emily Says Sit LLC, since 2017. She also volunteers and helps with animal rescues in the community. It’s clear that animals and art are two important aspects of her life.

When Emily isn’t attending a Local Pop Up market, you can still find a selection of her product inside Local Supply! You can shop her art in store during store hours or online at localsupplybr.com 24/7. 

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