Artist lani emanuel

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Lani Emanuel was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. As a girl she lived in the Mojave Desert and as a teen, in northern California. She attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, (FIDM), in San Francisco and Los Angeles, graduating with a degree in fashion design. She enjoyed an exciting 15 year career as a fashion designer before starting a family.
Wanting to explore her childhood passion for creating art, she studied privately over the course of seven years before attending Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. While there she focused on contemporary portrait and figure painting and printmaking. Lani earned her BFA degree from ACCD in 2008, graduating with distinction. Over the next five years, she honed her skills in portraiture at Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art. Relocating to the Laguna Beach area in 2013 enabled Lani to earn her MFA degree in painting at Laguna College of Art+Design. While there, she was advised and mentored by Betty Shelton and D. J. Hall, respectively.
Lani's paintings have won awards, including first place in the prestigious SCORE VIII 2010 Southern California Open Regional Exhibition for her painting, "Boxers", and most recently, first place at the SOCALPAPA Paints OC Parks and the Back Bay 2013 plein air competition and show for her painting, "Early Morning Reflections". Her paintings and commissions hang in private collections throughout the US and Australia.
Affiliations: California Art Club, Portrait Society of America 
Artists Statement
            My work depicts young women and their emotions, social dynamics, and self-awareness that can occur during the transition from childhood to womanhood. The teen years can be the most emotional and formative in a woman’s life. My paintings explore the subtleties of this transitional time.
            For most adolescent girls, fashion is a means of self-expression, and it even allows for identity experimentation. As a former [...]

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