Emily Jeffords moved into her first small studio with just a table and a box of paints. Her impressionistic oil landscapes now take up two of the largest studios at the White Whale Studios & Gallery in Greenville, SC. She shares one of the spaces with her husband, Daniel, who is a software developer and entrepreneur. “I am most thankful for the space to create,” Emily says. “I am always amazed at the enabling power of space. There is a lot of energy in this space because we give much of ourselves while spending time here. I work out of a beautiful communal studio housed in an 1890s mill house. The building is rich with history of many passionate people learning and living and I am honored to be a tiny part of its continuance.”
Emily’s family moved frequently when she was growing up. Their time spent living in the Middle East and several places in the States were foundational, as her varied background and experiences encouraged her creatively. “Seeing a wide scope of the world has increased my appreciation for art, landscapes, and our innate human connection to land and nature,” Emily says. For her daughters, their time in the studio will undoubtedly be one of the avenues that opens their own eyes to the creative process and the world’s need for art.
The bright, white studios are the perfect backdrop for Emily’s color-rich paintings. “As someone easily distracted by clutter, it was important for me to treat the interior design as simply as possible while still providing all the functionality a busy, working studio requires,” Emily says. “We white-washed everything and chose to decorate with only white furniture, creating a blank canvas for all the activity and artwork that happens in this space.” The gorgeous, historic space is set off with Emily’s beautiful pieces and has allowed her the inspiration to keep creating. –Lauren
Photography by Paige French