Emily Main

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I have always drawn as far back as I can remember.

A tulsa native, I gradated from Booker T. Washington in 1995, where I studied art serious under Linda Stilley.

From there I attended The University of Tulsa where I attained a Bachelor’s of Fine Art (emphasis on painting under Glen Godsey and Ceramics under Tom Manhart) with an Art History minor, a Bachelor’s in Education with an emphasis in art and a Bachelor’s of Psychology, where I had a preference for research.
Later, I attended Oklahoma State University were I got a Bachelor’s in mathematics along with a hand full of Physics classes. I absolutely loved taking physics and math courses, such as optics, modern physics, mechanics, advanced linear algebra and cryptography.  I stopped before getting a master's degree because I decided to have children.  I'll go back someday.

After graduating from the University of Tulsa in 2000, I started working at Philbrook in the Preparator’s shop hanging the art shows. It was wonderful to get to see art up close and personal. An artist can learn a lot about technique just by examining master works.

From there, I worked under Janet Fadler Davie, a prominent muralist and faux finish painter in Tulsa, for 8 years. It was a cross between semi-apprenticeship and semi- subcontractor. I helped her on many murals and finishes as well as did a great deal of faux finishes on my own, with her as the middle man between me and the clients. During this time, I painted clouds on ceilings, painted a faux tile floor with moss in the grout for Julie Nickel, painted thousands of faux finished switch plates and vent covers, I distressed furniture, faux finished counter tops for clients of Charles Faudree and many different builders around town like Sam Hollinger, Brian Wiggs and so many I can’t remember all their names. Techinically, if you count everything I painted under Janet Fadler Davie, you could say that 99% of my art is in a private collection somewhere.

I’ve had two shows at The Tulsa Artist Coaltion. One was a solo show and the other was a joint show with Janet Davie. I frequently donate to their 5x5 and recently had a piece in their membership this last fall. I had a piece in the Gussman show as an undergrad at T.U. Also, I had a piece in the Seven State Biennial at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha.

Currently, I am only painting from home since now I am a mother of two exuberant toddlers.

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