For the graphic designer, hours, if not longer can be spent be poured over a single image, making it appear as sharp and visually crisp as possible. For the abstract artist, a piece is not retouched and airbrushed, but conveyed through large strokes and pastoral colors. So what result could be expected from the abstract artist who is also an accomplished graphic designer?

Washington, D.C. based artist, Emily Lane offers lavish answers in the form of haunting imagery with vivid visuals. Instead of needing the title or an artist’s explanation, Lane’s works speak to the viewer right on impact, clearly and as intended by the artist. Artistry and storytelling are seamlessly interwoven in her artwork. Her brushstrokes evoke empathy and warmth with the same effectiveness as the strings on a marionette.

We caught up with Emily Lane to discuss her art: past, present and future.

TCM: Abstract art traditionally represents coherence in thought, but not in imagery, but not as much in your art. In many of your works, the thought process and methodology are quite evident. What, in your view, makes the imagery stand out?

EL: I choose subjects that I find interesting from the real world and then interpret them and the feelings I have about them onto the canvas. I like letting the viewers recognize the subject while allowing them to interpret what they want from the end product. 

TCM: Though most of your work is abstract painting, you do delve out of the medium. What inspires you to work with other art forms?

EL: I like to try different mediums because it allows me to explore new ways of expressing myself. I think diversity is good and trying new things keeps it all fresh and alive. It also makes you think about ways to express yourself and your thought process in a different light. 

TCM: What was the first thing you ever made with the intent to sell or distribute and how has that worked impacted what you've created since then?

EL: I really have never produced anything with the intent on selling it. I want to sell because I would like to be known as a professional artist that can support myself by doing so but all the work I do is motivated by me having the desire to want to paint it. Does that make sense?

TCM: What are you currently working on?

EL: I'm currently working on an underwater series. I'd love to have an installation salon style with all the paintings working as one yet together. Prior to that, I had been working on a series from the Amalfi Coast in Italy for the past year. I decided to take a break from that series and concentrate on the underwater paintings.

by EJ Jacobs