How I See SF:Textile Artist Emma Keenan-Grice
We asked artist Emma Keenan-Grice where she finds inspiration in the City by the Bay, as well as what she thinks every visitor should do when they come to San Francisco.
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Growing up, San Francisco native Emma Keenan-Grice always enjoyed painting and making things with her hands. She received her BFA from the University of Washington and studied abroad in Amsterdam, finding inspiration in the De Stijl movement. After graduating, she came back to the Bay and completed a graphic design program from City College of San Francisco. Emma continues painting and exploring other art mediums in her studio in the Inner Richmond.
We asked Emma where she finds inspiration in the City by the Bay, as well as what she thinks every visitor should do when they come to San Francisco.
What does a typical day in San Francisco look like for you?
I wake up and make a cup of coffee or go to the Richfield. I check my emails and fulfill some orders. Once that’s done, I’ll do some sketching and color studies. Take a lunch break, sometimes I go to King of Thai #2 in my neighborhood. Then it’s back to the studio and painting or starting to tuft a rug. Before it gets too late, I try and make my way to Ocean Beach to enjoy the sunset and unwind a bit. After that, I make dinner and then work some more, since I’m a bit of a night owl.
Which neighborhood, other than your own, do you like to explore?
I grew up in the inner Sunset. I recently moved to the inner Richmond and that is the neighborhood that I am having lots of fun exploring. It has so much to offer in terms of food and parks. I love the farmer’s market every Sunday.
You’re a prolific artist, expanding your creative output through many different mediums (painting, clothing/fashion, prints and rugs). Where do you get your inspiration and ideas? Is there a specific place in San Francisco?
I get a lot of my inspiration and ideas from the colors I see at Ocean Beach. I like to go at sunset and stay for the “after-sunset” because sometimes that’s when you get the more vibrant colors. It’s such a beautiful place to go and detach from your phone.
Is there a local artist you admire?
Kindah Khalidy. I am inspired by her use of color and how she explores so many mediums as a painter and textile designer.