Emily Christensen McPhie was born in Utah in 1978 into the highly-artistic Christensen family. As a child, she toured the museums of the United States and Europe with her family. At each museum, Emily and her brothers and sisters were told they could choose a postcard as a souvenir, and young Emily's postcard collection quickly filled with early American portraits and Degas' studies of young dancers. The influence of these museum trips is apparent in Emily's portfolio of paintings. Emily currently resides in Chandler, Arizona with her husband Gavin and daughters Cordelia Lavender, Clover Iona and Ezra Petunia. "Motherhood has brought out some pretty strong emotions and ideas," says McPhie. "Translating those thoughts and emotions into images gives me clarity, and I find I want to document them before my perception changes." Her daughters show every sign of following in their mother's footsteps. "Half my studio is theirs," she laughs. "They have their table and their easel and all their supplies. I find that they're in here even when I'm not. They just love it - they're very creative." Emily's original paintings are sold by Terzian Galleries in Park City, Utah, as well as on her website, www.emilymcphie.com.
Like Venus rising from the foaming sea, Ruby Rose stands stolidly on her rock and waits. “Ruby Rose was born as I thought about how hard it can be to communicate,” says artist Emily McPhie, “especially for children. I thought about what it must be like to be in time out, to feel so misunderstood and isolated and that those ten minutes are never ever going to end. As we get older, we learn more words and how to better share our feelings, but I find that once in a while that misunderstood, isolated, time-out feeling creeps up on us all. It’s then that we’re glad we’re finally old enough to tell time and that ten minutes isn’t so long after all.” The sweetly inspired works of Emily McPhie make a perfect addition to any nursery, office, bedroom or living area and the ideal gift for the new mother in your life.
"Still ’round the corner there may wait a new road or a secret gate." - J. R. R. Tolkien
Life is never dull for one with an adventurous mind and an open heart.As the sun warms the earth and sky around her and lights them a brilliant gold, the subject of Emily McPhie’s The Key to Happiness steps forward into the unknown.With a ribbon of passion in her hand and a key of exploration around her neck, she is prepared to meet whatever the future may bring. This gorgeous Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Limited Edition Enhanced Giclée Canvas is a perfect gift for the graduate, traveler or any intrepid loved one in your life. Like the original painting, the canvas glows like a new and unlimited day.
“This painting is about right and wrong,” says Emily McPhie. “Not just knowing the difference, but making the right decision and having the conviction and confidence to stick to it. The figure in pink is very sure of herself and her choice; but she’s also struck a balance—she’s not all in red and she’s not all in white. She understands that the right decision is also about finding balance in all things and following it, and that there may not even be one right decision. To quote J.R.R. Tolkien, ‘All we have to do is decide what to do with the time that is given us.’”
There are few sureties in this life, it is said, but one of them is that every little girl will someday grow up. From her first tooth to her first date, the milestones in every child’s life seem to come more quickly with each passing day. Every parent can remember the first time they took the training wheels off their child’s bicycle and watched their little one ride away, feeling a mixture of pride and apprehension.
The beautiful autumn scene in Emily McPhie’s newest Fine Art Limited Edition One If by Land tells such a story. Fall has come to the path through the park and as the little girl rides by, the heavy leaves fall from their trees. It is a time of change, a time of remembering the treasures of the past and of looking forward to the future.
Emily McPhie’s dreamy paintings are touched with the tenderness of young motherhood. Her portraits of women and children convey universal messages of love, determination and hope