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Meet Emely Solis of Emorbid

Today we’d like to introduce you to Emely Solis.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I remember taking a drawing class in Junior High, and being surprised that I was actually good at it. However, my interest in art didn’t really take off until High School. I took an Art and Photography class, and I immediately knew that I would pursue in college. I enjoyed drawing more than taking pictures, but I figured both it would come in handy.

In college, I signed up to study abroad and lived in Rome, Italy for a month. I took a drawing class, and as you can imagine there was inspiration everywhere. One of my favorite painters is Caravaggio; he’s easily recognizable for his realism and intense chiaroscuro. It was amazing to see his actual paintings in real life.

After I returned from Italy, my creativity had to take a backseat to my mother and my sisters. For the next few years, my focus was on working to help support my family. I was living paycheck to paycheck. I began buying plain wood boxes that I would paint to give away as gifts for friends and family for birthdays and special occasions.

Eventually, I developed this dark, gothic style of painting and decorating. My friends and family kept telling me that I should start selling the boxes I was painting. In 2008 I signed up for Etsy, but sales were very low. It wasn’t until two years ago that I went to the Downtown LA Art Walk, that I got motivated to start vending.

I started with jewelry boxes and key holders. Recently, I started experimenting with painting acrylic on canvas. I paint what I like and what I would buy myself. Skulls, black cats, and bats. My art is spooky and gothic, but with an elegant Victorian feel.

Has it been a smooth road?
I was raised by a single mother. We lived in low-income, sometimes dangerous neighborhoods. We always had tiny apartments, but she always made sure we had food, and we were safe. I look up to my mother, and I appreciate everything she’s done for my sisters and I.

So much so, that when I returned from Italy, I knew she needed me, so quit college to help support the family. Eventually, we moved to a nicer neighborhood, and not too long after, I moved out on my own. Between, work, continuing to help my family, and trying to sell my jewelry boxes, it was a difficult time, but I managed.

Around this time, my father passed away. We didn’t have the best relationship, but it’s never easy losing a parent. My family and I coped with it, and I believe all the struggles and hardship I endured made me strong and who I am today.

The struggle I deal with now is finding the motivation and energy to keep going. It’s a daily hustle. I work a regular full-time job. I create, paint, and vend at Art Walks on my free time. It’s exhausting, but I love it. It’s an amazing feeling when someone buys a piece of my art.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Emorbid – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Emorbid started in 2008. My sister Daysy came up with my company name. I love how simple it is, and it totally describes me. “E” as in my name Emely, and I like morbid things.

Two years ago, I gained the courage to start setting-up and selling at Art Walks. I had a lot of art pieces that I had painted and had stored away for many years. My family and friends kept pushing me to sell it. I finally did. I was so scared and nervous. It’s not easy putting yourself out there. I had nothing but great feedback, and everyone loved my work. I couldn’t believe that people wanted to buy my art.

I hand paint and decorate different shaped wooden boxes and key holders. When drawing my favorite medium is chalk. However, recently, I’ve started experimenting with acrylic paint. I want my art to have a purpose, so I have incorporated my paintings into many of my creations, for example, my key holders.

A lot of my paintings are inspired by life, death, and my black cats. I am inspired by anything spooky and dark. Even paintings that may be seen as cheerful like my poppy flowers painting has skulls on it. I don’t even particularly like flowers, but for some reason, I like painting them with my own dark twist. I use a lot of Red, black and greys.

I love that even people that don’t think of themselves as “goth” or “dark” find themselves gravitating to my table, and buying something. We all have a dark side, and I think my art reflects that.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I was born and raised here in Los Angeles, so I naturally love the city. LA has the best weather, diversity in people, culture, food, and art.

Any Angeleno will tell you that the traffic is terrible, and the cost of is getting really expensive. That being said, I can’t image living anywhere else. LA is the best place to be if you are an artist.

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