Hi there! Welcome to my shop. I am a self taught artist inspired by the beauty of nature and feel empowered by bright & bold colors. Please take a look around the shop and feel free to contact me if you have any questions or are looking for something specific. I welcome custom orders. Please let me know what I can create for you today.
So about now you are probably wondering about the name “Tub Room Artwork”. Quite simply it is the room in my home where I paint. The rest of the story is - I live in a little old farm house on 2 acres. When the house was built there was no indoor plumbing, only an outhouse. The house has been through a few remodels over the years as times have changed to now include the modern conveniences that we all take for granted. The original owners raised 5 children in this 3 bedroom / 1 bathroom house which had only a shower stall. As the parents aged, however, it became harder for their children to care for them. The shower was removed, replaced by cabinets and a bathtub was added in one of the bedrooms. This is what I call the “Tub Room”. It is one of the many oddities that made me fall in love with this house and although some remodeling is in the works I have no plans to remove that little quirk.
Now, let me tell you a little about myself:
As an only child born in August of 1969, raised by my paternal grandparents in Los Angeles, Ca. I had a passion for 3 things - art, rocks, and animals. There was always a menagerie of critters at our house. Not only did I grow up with the typical dogs and cats as my furry siblings but there were also a few bunnies, a guinea pig, a couple of ducks, some fish, and several frogs (Grandma wasn’t very keen on the frogs and would release them once they were big enough to defend themselves). As a small child if I wasn’t outside playing with the funny looking, 4 legged, furry people I was inside coloring, drawing, and painting. On special, seemingly mystical occasions when the gem and mineral shows came to town my grandfather would take me where I would marvel at the uniqueness of all the beautiful colors and textures of the rocks.
In the dead of winter in 1988 my family thought it would be a good idea to move to a five acre farm nestled in a remote town at 7,000 foot elevation near Bryce Canyon National Park in southern Utah. A harrowing experience for a teenage girl from Los Angeles to say the least. Despite it’s desolation the beauty and grandeur of the high deserts of Utah enthralled me. To help keep me from bolting back to LA my family upped the ante with the purchase of a horse. I wasn’t going anywhere after that. As an adult on the farm, the list of creatures I have raised and cared for grew to include geese, chickens, goats, horses and cows. I have rescued countless critters over the years. If possible I try to return them to the wild like Grandma used to, but if not I am happy to have them in my life and allow them to live out their remaining days with me.
I have had several jobs over the years but in 2001 I finally settled in as an over the road truck driver. After my first year of driving I rescued Maggie “The Truckin’ Dog”. She is a sweet, lovable, and very comical Belgian Malinois. I could not have asked for a better companion out on the road, and she is a well traveled dog having visited all of the 48 continental United States and Canada.
In 2011 after 20+ years living in Utah, I moved to southern Missouri. In 2015 I decided it was time to come home off the road and I am now a commercial driver license instructor.
Since leaving the road I have renewed my love of art. I have dabbled in everything from hand knit and crocheted scarves, ceramics, and jewelry, to painting with watercolors, alcohol inks, acrylic inks, and acrylic paints. I enjoy learning the use of new mediums and techniques with traditional tools such as paintbrushes and palette knives, but, I also like to try to think outside the box taking normal everyday items and turning them into unusual art tools. Even painting with nothing but a toothbrush.
Thank you for stopping by. I hope to splash a little paint your way.
— Kem Emerzian