Emily Fair

Colorado Springs Colorado

b. 1979 McGregor, IA

Emily Fair grew up in rural NE Iowa.  Rolling bluffs along the Mississippi River, forests full of towering hardwood trees and meandering creeks in every valley gave her a deep appreciation for the beauty of nature.  Not until a 3D Fundamentals class in college did Emily realize her love of fine art.  This led to degrees in both art and education from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA.  Although she dabbled in all mediums, Emily focused her studies in oil painting.

Fast forward to present, Emily has lived in Colorado Springs for over 15 years. Over 9 of those years Emily has owned 45° with her husband Reed.  Emily has been determined to get back to her easel and add artist back to her resume. Along with being an artist and gallery owner, Emily is a mother to daughter Hazel and is an avid gardener & home chef. 

“I  love color!  I love layering and juxtaposing the paint across the canvas.   With a pallet knife, I build layers and layers using the wet on wet technique.  This approach allows me to stay focused and present while creating a patchwork of color that will keep your eye bouncing across the canvas as well as maximize my limited studio time.  I choose a color scheme, with a subject in mind, and layer paint until it just feels right.  Most of the time, I feel the patchwork of color is a successful painting.  Adding the aspen trunks is a way for me to celebrate my love of nature.  As a composition, they make  each piece come alive and allows the eye to rest on a familiar subject.” – Emily