Step Into The Creative Life Of Artist & Mom Emily Jeffords

I’m always excited when I discover someone who lives and embodies the creative life fully, and fine artist Emily Jeffords is the real deal. Once you step inside her rustic studio, ooh and ah over her dreamy paintings and collages, and pour over the highly inspirational magazine she helped launch, you’ll be hooked.

Emily got her start in art early. After obtaining a degree in two-dimensional fine art, she began to teach children and adults, then challenged herself to creating one painting a day to hone her skills. Today she spends her days in White Whale Studios & Gallery with her two daughters, painting poetic landscapes with a pot of coffee on hand, incense burning, and music streaming. She also blogs about inspiration, art, and design at Hello Beautiful, where you’ll find artist interviews, DIYs, product reviews, and more.

I adore Emily’s approach to art and life — and everything she creates. I know you will too.

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    Emily loves working side-by-side with her girls in her cozy and inspiring studio space. She admits, in "Honest Thoughts on Motherhood (from an Artist's Perspective)," that while balancing it all can be a challenge, it's still highly rewarding. One of the ways she manages it all is to be a night owl — she goes to bed long after the girls are asleep.

    Image courtesy of Emily Jeffords

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    Emily's girls are still tots, but they enjoy painting alongside their mother, playing with clay, and organizing beads in Emily's South Carolina studio, White Whale.

    Image courtesy of Emily Jeffords

  • A Tiny-Hands Creation 3 of 15
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    What could be more rewarding than having an artistic mom who shares her space and process? Lucky girls!

    Image courtesy of Emily Jeffords

  • A Studio Flooded In Light 4 of 15
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    Emily moved into her studio about a year ago. It features slanted ceilings, wooden floors, and plenty of room for the girls to play. A dream!

    Image courtesy of Emily Jeffords

  • A Balanced Life & Space 5 of 15
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    White Whale Studios & Gallery is a converted space where many different types of artists — graphic designers, painters, illustrators, and potters — work side by side in dreamy rustic setting.

    Image courtesy of Emily Jeffords

  • A Blank Slate 6 of 15
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    The white desk and walls keep things bright and orderly, even when the supplies and paint come out. 

    Image courtesy of Emily Jeffords

  • Grace in the Wind 7 of 15
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    Emily's oil landscape paintings are poetic and feminine, often combining vibrant and muted palettes. This one, titled "Grace in the Wind," is available for $300. 

    Image courtesy of Emily Jeffords

  • Prettier in Pink 8 of 15
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    "Prettier in Pink" is available for $300. Emily's currently working on a new way to sell her art. Each month she will focus her painting on a theme and then sell the full collection at the end of the month in an online gallery.

    Image courtesy of Emily Jeffords

  • Emily’s Collages 9 of 15
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    In addition to painting, Emily also creates collages on wood and metal, featuring tiny paintings with layered textures.

    Image courtesy of Emily Jeffords

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    Emily helped found a fantastic magazine called Trouvé that celebrates the creative life by featuring interviews with artists, how-tos, and recipes. Emily's taking a step back from the magazine to focus on her art but will continue to contribute as a writer to upcoming issues. 

    Sign up for e-mail announcements about upcoming issues at Trouvé magazine

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    In addition to painting and creating a magazine, Emily also runs an inspirational blog, where you'll find DIYs like how to do chalkboard lettering.

    Tutorial available on Beautiful Hello

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    Another favorite project from the blog is this DIY Gold Leaf handbag — a brilliant way to modernize a thrift-store find.

    Tutorial available from Beautiful Hello

  • The Painting Process 13 of 15
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    Each painting begins with a loose sketch. Emily then begins filling in the shapes and forms with paint, sculpting as she goes. "I paint as quickly as possible," Emily says, "as the paint needs to be wet the whole time I am working. As the piece comes together, I pay special attention to the focal point, adding lovely bits of color, extra texture, and more lines, drawing the viewer's eye and creating a little story within the scene."

    Image courtesy of Emily Jeffords

  • Clean Up! 14 of 15
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    An important part of Emily's creative process is clean up. At the end of each day, she cleans herself and her tools with an essential oils sugar scrub. Her secret weapon against dry skin and paint stains.

    Image courtesy of Emily Jeffords

  • A Beautiful Palette 15 of 15
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    Emily's space and creative process — heck even her tools — are so inspiring they make me want to paint right now! Be sure to keep tabs on Emily at Beautiful Hello to see her latest creations and more inspiration.

    Image courtesy of Emily Jeffords

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