here are just a few of the locations that you can find Emily Kalina’s work. However, a more comprehensive collection of both prints and products, please see her online store at kalina-designs.myshopify.com.
Emily Kalina graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 2003 with a degree in Illustration and immediately entered the gallery world in which she exhibited and sold her signature style of layered, textured, and patterned watercolors. Kalina combined her 14 years of experience painting watercolors into best selling scarves and a variety of products for Nine West Dress, Michael Kors, Barney’s New York, Nordstrom, Anthropologie, Elie Tahari, Nordstrom, Target and TJX to name a few.
Using her watercolors as a basis for her current paintings, she combines her sharp eye for trends with an innate sense of color and style to produce vibrant artwork that is appealing to a wide variety of clientele.With an appreciation for pop culture, Emily creates amazingly vibrant designs, patterns, and intricate visual stories that are both trendy contemporary and comfortably classic in a single image. Kalina's work can be found on Amazon, Walmart, Better Homes and Gardens, Racheal Ray, Wayfair, Houzz, and Joss and Main among many others. Recently she entered a partnership with Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, NH to create artwork specific to the historic village, which can now be found on a number of products at the Museum's gift shop.
Kalina creates custom artwork and promotional products for a variety of businesses and private clients in addition to selling a number of products and prints featuring her original artwork.
About the Process
I get a lot of questions about the medium I work in so I've put together a Q and A of the most frequently asked questions bellow:
Q) What medium do you work in and how do you create?
My recent work is drawn on an iPad with an apple pencil.
All of the mark making you see is me drawing/painting with an apple pencil that responds to pressure much like a brush or pencil would. I use different apps but the one I use most is called ProCreate which allows me to design all of the brushes I use to the smallest specification. Because my first love is watercolor, I have designed brushes to mimic a cross between watercolor brushes and professional markers that allow for shading and layering called Copic markers.
Q) How is it still painting if there's no wet media used?
A) The definition of painting is the practice of applying paint, pigment, color or other medium to a solid surface (support base). The medium is commonly applied to the base with a brush, but other implements such as knives, sponges, and airbrushes, can be used.
Painting is a mode of creative expression, and can be done in numerous forms.
When people say "oh that's just a digital painting" that's not accurate. No filters (or any preset software features ie: options that can be found in photoshop) have been used to create my paintings. Everything you see has been drawn on a surface with a with a Apple Pencil (a stylus).
As our technological world hurtles along at a breakneck speed and I (as an artist) try to adapt along with it, the question of what art is must evolve along with it as well. Any tool, digital or otherwise is just a means to an end. If a painting has to use wet media to fit the definition of a painting, then by that token wouldn't "On the Road" by Jack Kerouac not be a piece of writing because it was typed on a typewriter and put together in a manuscript that can be viewed in San Fransisco? Similarly is a photograph still a photograph if it's taken on a digital camera? Is a movie in a film Festival still a movie if it's shot digitally?
The programs I use to draw enable me to work in a more eco friendly fashion as well as (and most importantly for me) allow me to have my own portable studio. I would never trade the traditional training I received at Rhode Island School of Design, and it provided the strong base with which I can create what I do now, but I am excited by
You can see more of my artwork and purchase online at www.emilykalina.com.