Emily Jamison was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she lived for 18 years before heading to Chapel Hill for college. Double majoring in psychology and religion, she knew very little other than a desire to combine her core values with a career, and to help serve others with the gifts and passions she had been given. After getting married to husband, Kyle, they moved to a small town in northwestern Minnesota, and she got her first "real world" job. A year later, life took them out west to Kalispell, Montana, where we lived for several years before returning to her hometown. They lived in Charlotte for three years while Emily attended graduate school. After graduating with her Masters in Social Work, they moved to Asheville, where they currently reside with their three young children, and she works as a licensed clinical social worker, running her own practice (thistleandthrive.com).
In case you're keeping track...that's a lot of moves! And a lot of different jobs and friends and homes along the way. Where does art fit in? Art was always a part of Emily's life, but it wasn't until after the birth of her first son that she began sharing her work publicly. Without formal art education or training, she never considered herself worthy of doing so...until one day, when she decided that she was done hiding behind her fear. As fellow social worker Brene Brown says, "Vulnerability is not just about fear and grief and disappointment...it is the birthplace of everything we are hungry for." She knew she was hungry to share her weaknesses and shortcomings -- in life and art -- with the world. She knew that opening herself up to criticism as she stumbled along the journey of finding herself as an artist would be the "birthplace" of deeper things. For Emily, sharing her art is a public act that represents the deepest desire within each one of us to be loved and still be known, to be known and still be loved. It's not always pretty, or easy, or simple. But it's better and more beautiful this way. Join her.