Young Artist Spotlight: Emilee Duke

By Allie Reardon

 A 16-year-old junior of Meade county high school, Emilee Duke takes part in a number of the school’s extracurriculars, even having roles in both of the drama clubs productions her sophomore year. But despite her wide involvement Emilee has always especially loved art, mainly painting and drawing. “I just realized I liked drawing when I was young.I just started doing it because I thought it was fun, As long as you enjoy it, you can do it. Art is subjective.” Emilee says when asked about how she started getting into art. Years later she views her art in very much the same way; a universal form of expression and a calming escape.


Q : “What do you love most about making art?”

A: “It calms me and gives me time to myself to just think and express myself.”

Q: “If you had to describe your art style in three words what would they be?

A: “Always changing up.”

Q: “Who would you say is your biggest inspiration or role model?”

A: “My mom. She’s just a really strong and kind person. She’s always told me she will love and support me no matter what, and the only thing she expects of me is to be kind to those around me and be kind to myself. She’s always encouraged my art in every form and been there for me when I’m going through a rough patch.”

Q: “Do you have any advice for people looking to try getting into making art?”

A: “Don’t give up, art is supposed to make you feel good, so don’t worry about it, just enjoy yourself.”

Q: “If you had to pick one art medium to work in for the rest of your life what would you pick?”

A: “Sketching.”

Q: “Do you plan on continuing your artistic pursuits after graduation?”

A: “Yes, hopefully.”

Q: “Do you think being an artist influences the way you look at the world around you?”

A: “I think so, yes.”

Q: “What would you like to see happen in the Arts Scene of Meade County?

A: “I would like to see more art in meade county.”

Q: “Is there anything in particular that inspires your art? (Like an emotion, life events, or just something more general like nature)”

A: “Past things in my life, emotions I’m feeling, interests I have etc.”

Q: “Is there anyone you’d like to thank for their support through your artistic career?”

A: “my parents, my friends and my teachers.”

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