Friday, May 25, 2018

Meet the Artist: Vickie Emms

Today, I'm happy to introduce a new artist friend, Vickie Emms.

Vickie, what type of art do you create?

I offer my own photography for sale on POD websites on products they offer. 

I am  a member of Redbubble and Zazzle where I have 4 stores, one of which
is totally my photography, called DiamondW_Photography.

I also create designs from elements I purchase on the internet from commercial use sites and add them to products on either of two of my stores on Zazzle, one of which is DiamondWillowDesigns and the other is a niche store of totally Plaids/Tartans, which originate from Scotland and offers products with those plaids on them on dozens of products in ThePlaidShop. 


This is a magnet offered on Zazzle from a photo of a Scarlet Macaw taken in Mexico.


A favorite design from Zazzle would be tartan pillows from The Plaid Shop.


How did you get started creating this particular type of art?

Photography has always been my love and just making photos for sale wasn't satisfying enough.  I started designing wedding invitations, shower invitations, wrapping paper and greeting cards, plus hundreds of other items that were fun to do.  After buying Photoshop CS5, the products just became a natural to me.  I love seeing end results, and specially sales!   

Tell us the story behind ONE of your favorite creations.

One of the highlights of my photography travel was visiting Alaska in 2009.  This is the most popular photo from that trip. 


On the Way to Haines Alaska


Explore Vickie's shops at: 

RedBubble
Zazzle: Diamond Willow
Zazzle: The Plaid Shop


About the Artist:

Vickie was born in Scotland in June, 1945. She is married,  and is a mother of three grown daughters and has 7 beautiful grandchildren. As well, Vickie and her husband Fred have 8 foster grandchildren, who are no different to them as their own. 

She lives in Manitoba, Canada, one of the prairie provinces. Most of her scenery is from those areas, although she lives close to the eastern lakes area of the province called the Canadian Shield and visits and camps in her favorite parks often. She LOVES the Canadian Rocky Mountains and travels almost every summer to Alberta to camp and photograph those beautiful icons.

She and her husband have been married 50 wonderful years, and travel quite a bit, usually within Canada and the United States.  So you will see a mixed bag of shots from both countries.  They have caught the travel bug the last couple of winters and have visited the Bahamas, Cancun, Mexico and the Dominican Republic and a couple of trips to Las Vegas.

She loves photography, camping, traveling, crafts, flower gardening and music.  She has been taking photographs most of her life, upgrading to the newest cameras as they came on the market.  Now with digital, she is having the time of her life.  She's had photos published in Canadian Wildlife, a magazine by the Canadian Wildlife Federation.   She has had photos published in Our Canada and More Our Canada and in the August/September issue of 2018 another is being published of a Cedar Waxwing eating Mountain Ash berries. 





4 comments:

Vickie Emms said...

Thank you for featuring me and what I do Tracy, this is very special to me

Alaska Artist said...

Another great article, Tracy! It’s so fun being introduced to other artists and online store owners!

I absolutely love Haines, Alaska, so I especially love Vickie’s gorgeous photo of the journey towards Haines. If I had seen Haines 26 years ago I think that’s where I would have ended up. Vickie’s photo makes me wish I was going there again this year.

My husband and I have made the trek from Seward to Haines the last two years. This year we’re wanting to visit Sitka (we’ve never been there) and go back to Juneau for a visit. Alaska offers endless opportunities for exploration.



Vickie Emms said...

Thank you AlaskaArtist. That trip in 2009 was our trip of a lifetime, 5 weeks of camping with my cousin and her husband. We saw so much and I was in awe with the beauty of Alaska. I have so many beautiful pictures.

Tracy Ruckman said...

Vickie, I'm happy you are here. Thanks for letting us peek into your world a bit. I'm a wannabe traveler, so I live through artists like you and AlaskaArtist.

Corinne, it's great to see you here! Love that porcelain platter I saw of yours recently - and the seahorses are amazing!