A portrait of Lin Emery commissioned by Nola Media Group, producers of Nola.com / The Times-Picayune as part of its tricentennial project, 300 for 300: People who make New Orleans, New Orleans.
Part of the ongoing 300 for 300 project, honoring New Orleanians that have shaped our city. It was an honor to paint such an inspiring woman and artist.
Emery's legacy: There's no overlooking Lin Emery's legacy. Her large, gleaming metal sculptures adorn public spaces, private collections and museums throughout New Orleans, the product of a career that started when, as a 23-year-old, she wandered into the studio of Parisian sculptor Ossip Zadkine and on a whim inquired about lessons. He took her on, and her career as a sculptor had begun. Although many of Emery's pieces are made of metal, they appear light enough to move with the wind. Indeed, many are designed to do just that, as well as through water power, magnetic power and electric motors, making her distinctive sense of graceful artistry a truly kinetic part of the New Orleans landscape.
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