Emily Boespflug’s first thoughts coming out of a 45-minute concussion this fall were, “Oh good, I’ll get a day off to paint!”

When her new hang glider crashed in September, the moment signaled a turning point in her artwork. She says she was at all-time low financially and mentally prior to the crash. She came-to wanting to execute paintings she had been envisioning for a while.

“Having been unconcious puts you in a more sub-conscious state, which makes sense,” she told me. “I became more intuitive, wanting to slow down and switch to that more creative side of the brain.”

Emily is no stranger to head injury. When she was 18, driving in northern Wyoming, she had an accident that resulted in being trapped under the dashboard of her car in an icy river. She was in the hospital for two weeks. Her only injury was a major concussion; but it changed her life.

When she returned to college that fall she realized she could no longer I make sense of Calculus II and Organic Chemistry, classes that used to be her forte.  “I was scared and confused,” she said. “Fortunately, I had taken an art class elective last semester with a nice and supportive professor.  He suggested I major in Art.”

“I still carry regret of leaving science behind as I struggle to make a living in the arts,” she says. Emily works at the Art Association as well as in a restaurant, in order to pay her bills.

“If I had my way, I would paint full time. Anything from face-painting to murals and commissions. I am stuck in a ‘Momentary Lapse of Reason’ (Pink Floyd) as I find my path in this life, in this town as a non-trust funded individual. That title goes for my process of painting as well. With little time to paint, I alternate subject matter so my style is not as developed as I would like it to be.”

However, she does recognize her strengths. “I have a natural way of depicting light and color that goes into every painting. I still hold onto my interest in science as I enjoy the challenge of painting fascinating earth elements like water, light on water, water evaporating. It’s all very beautiful and even more interesting when I can paint from memory.  I generally like to paint patterns in nature and repeated forms.”

The three works featured here are hanging in the Glenwood lobby of the Center for the Arts through the end of the month. Also catch more or Emily’s work at Pearl Street Bagels – hurry! Only through November 15.

“The last accident has lit a flame inside me to be strong and keep working towards my goals.”

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