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Houweling, Emmy — Emmy's Art Studio

Shelbyville, KY


acrylic paintings, prints

Emmy Houweling is a self-taught primitive folk artist who has been painting for over 30 years. She says her characteristic style of primitive shapes against a black background was inspired by an eighteenth century Dutch folk artist—an itinerant cut-paper artist. 


Emmy creates her acrylic paintings framed by rustic barn wood in her studio located in historic LaGrange, KY. About her work, Emmy says: “Painting to me is simply doing with my hands and heart what my eyes are seeing around me in this beautiful world.  There is never a day, or a season, when a scene doesn’t form a painting in my mind while driving through the countryside.” Emmy’s work celebrates everyday life and people.


Emmy participates in Kentucky Crafted: The Market and is a juried member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen.


Emmy’s work can be found at the Kentucky Folk Art Center Museum, Morehead, KY; the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville; as well as at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.