Meet Our Art Instructors Series—Today’s Profile: Emily Buchalski
Emily stands out in her role as Lead Artist at Pinot’s Palette Princeton and is an integral member of the studio’s management team. She can, uniquely, be described as “modestly enthusiastic”—modest about her considerable strengths and enthusiastic about her work. Her self-description is a “nice person” with a very positive view of the world. She credits her parents for encouraging her favorable outlook as she was growing up, which she now combines with a strong work ethic to get things done and done correctly [you can’t help but applaud her determination as she returns to a task until it is completed].
At the studio, Emily sets the mood for others--she is happy and, as a result, everyone leaves happy. She is someone who makes people feel both comfortable and confident and she can always be counted on to give customers: smiles, thanks you’s, and her sincere hope that they had a good time. Typical comments by participants in her classes are:
“We had a great time! Emily, our teacher, was great!” [Jodi Segalewitz]
“I absolutely loved it!!! Emily was fantastic.” [Ashley Ortiz]
Emily has a good sense of humor and because she’s not shy, we can all enjoy those times when she spontaneously breaks into her unique style of dancing. When not at the studio, she enjoys experimenting with makeup—both special effects and wedding. Of course she spends most time on her art work—not only painting but sculpting as well. Three recent unusual and interesting projects illustrate the diversity and scope of her work: a sculpted full size clay torso, a 7-foot abstract wall art piece, and an 8-foot dinosaur head, which [appropriately for a dinosaur] will be buried in the ground.
What Emily likes most about Pinot’s Palette Princeton is that it makes her happy—in part because the studio allows people to do more than they think they can do and because she thinks of the studio as a real art environment [as contrasted with work in more formal academic settings].
Her advice for future Pinot’s Palette painters, “Keep focused, open-minded, and accepting---everything will fall into place and you’ll love your job.”