"When I started drawing with a pencil, it felt like the most natural thing in the world to me and I knew that I would never want to stop."
Artist Emilie Louise Gossiaux on discovering drawing as her superpower and viewing landscape paintings at the New Orleans Museum of Art.
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CMA's end-of-year artwork sale raises essential funds for free arts education in NYC schools whose arts programs have been decimated by recent budget cuts.
These works – starting at $100 – have been generously donated by celebrated artists who uphold our belief that all children are artists deserving of the materials, access, and encouragement to allow their creativity to soar.
Below, meet contributing artist Emilie Louise Gossiaux.
Do you have a favorite memory of making art as a child?
I just remember drawing all the time in my notebooks at school, or in front of the TV at home, or at night in bed in my room. I loved to draw my own characters and create my own world for them. That was my favorite thing to do in elementary school – I loved it so much because it felt like a secret power.
When did you first know you were going to be an artist?
I don’t really remember when I learned how to draw, or when I knew I could be an artist. But when I started drawing with a pencil, it felt like the most natural thing in the world to me and I knew that I would never want to stop.
Can you describe a formative experience visiting a museum or gallery?
I remember going to the New Orleans Museum of Art and seeing paintings in real life for the first time. I would stand and stare in front of large landscape paintings and feel so much emotion. That was when I wanted to learn how to paint.
What advice would you give to young artists who wish to pursue an art practice?
Don’t let anyone, including adults, discourage you from your passion for art, and always be true to yourself. Surround yourself with friends and things that inspire you, and know that it’s cool to be different.
Emilie Louise Gossiaux
Atomic Tangerine Garden
ballpoint pen and crayon on paper