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Hi, I'm Emerson. Please join me on my adventures while I endeavor to bring awareness to causes that touch my heart along the way.

For as long as I can remember I've had a love for exploring the world and giving back. There is nothing more gratifying than knowing that while on the journey to your own dreams, you have helped someone else reach for theirs.

Artist Kim West’s Unusual Journey to Professional Painting

I often find myself hanging out in downtown Los Angeles. One of my favorite bookstores, The Last Bookstore, is there, and of course many of LA’s best restaurants are there too. And I’ve come to notice that you can’t walk very far in the Art’s District without seeing one of Kim West’s gorgeous murals. They have been seen on television shows, in commercials and film productions. If you ever visit downtown LA, chances are you’ll be one of the thousands of tourists taking selfies in front of her art. Kim graciously accepted my request to particitpate in this charitable campaign for Children’s Hospital. I know you’ll enjoy reading about her journey. Read more

Artist Kim West Gallery of Paintings

Kim West studied painting and printmaking at Smith College and Amherst College.  She graduated from the painting department at the Rhode Island School of Design and immediately began exhibiting in Boston, MA.  Her work continues to be exhibited, collected and commissioned by everyday people, art collectors, celebrities, corporations and educational institutions.

Learn more about Kim: http://www.kimwest.com

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Pop Artists ART MOBB Mike Farhat & Califawnia: Art is a Way of Life

I met Mike and Fawn as fellow volunteers at CHLA.  Their art is truly unique and frankly, jaw droppingly creative.  ArtMobb is known to have star athletes clamoring for their dynamic one of a kind art pieces.  Some have called it “Warhol-esque”; all have called it innovative with a combination of  “street” and “class”.  Mike launched this custom artwork with a piece for Lamar Odom, after which, the popularity of among star athletes exploded.  ArtMobb has been commissioned from people by the likes of Matt Barnes and Carmello Anthony to Mark Cuban and Ellen Degeneres.  Mike and Fawn have practically invented a new genre that has a long standing impact. I know you’ll enjoy a few of their insights on art and life. Read more

ART MOBB: ARTISTS COMMITTED TO SERVING THE COMMUNITY

ART MOBB is a creative coalition of artists committed to serving the community with art.  Born out of a passion, respect and an admiration for sports and the athletes that make a difference, both to the sport and the community-  ART MOBB’s work is dedicated to providing hope and opportunity to others.  A percentage of the proceeds from the sales of ART MOBB’s work will benefit the charity of it’s partners.

See ART MOBB’s process of creation and their finished pieces below:

Check out these Art Mobb amazing videos too:

For more information on ArtMobb go to: ArtMobb.com

Twitter @Artmobb

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Tony DiTerlizzi, Artist and Author

Tony DiTerlizzi is a New York Times best-selling author and illustrator who has been creating richly illustrated, imaginative stories for over ten years.  From his debut picture book, “Jimmy Zangwow’s Out of This World Moon Pie Adventure“, to the inspired and Caldecott Medal winning “The Spider and the Fly“, Tony has continued to delight and entertain children and adults alike. Here, the visionary mind of “The Spiderwick Chronicles” with Holly Black and the creator of “The Search for Wondla” series, has graciously offered his insights on creativity as part of the CHLA fundraising series, “Interview with Artists.” His answers not only inspire the artist within us all, but also express a most positive outlook on the importance of struggle, support, and interestingly enough, boredom! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, and I hope you will help spread a similar sense of joy and creativity by donating to CHLA.

Em: “Why, to you, is art and creativity essential?

Tony DiTerlizzi: “It is essential that I have an outlet to express myself.  Sometimes I need to express a simple mood or emotion, or I want to share a complicated idea, or even a surreal dream that I’ve had.  In finding a way to share my ideas with others, I am creating a pathway to understand myself at a deeper level.   Read more