Emily “EMYO” Ozier
Emily Ozier, also known as “Emyo”, and her husband John reside on a big grassy piece of land in Tennessee with their six children.
She is a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in Communication and English Literature. She has studied in Italy with an impressionist master, focusing on a method passed down from the impressionist painter John Singer Sargent.
In 2014, Emily attended training at Harvard seeking to deepen her understanding of how learning takes place in and through the arts. She also examined the role of passion in learning and the unique capacity of the arts to inspire passion-driven learning and meaningful connections to ourselves, our community and the world around us, thus connecting her two main areas of work:
EDUCATION and THE ARTS.
Emily’s mother remembers discovering her daughter was an artist, when at the age of three she designed and painted a family of bumblebees and then created a doll house filled with bee furniture for them.
Every school notebook of hers was filled with drawings, and sketches, and studies of life around. She published her first work at the age of 10 with an illustrated cookbook. Her drawing for years and years laid the foundation for the painting that would come later in her life.
A classical realist education in drawing of proportion and the human figure prepared her to then become an impressionist painter, just as a classical education in music might prepare a jazz musician. It was the discipline of realism that then creating the framework for impressionism to be birthed in Emily’s work.
The daughter of a Cuban American, Emily’s expressive style and bold strokes may find their origins in her Spanish roots. Emily “Emyo” Ozier is also passionate about children’s education. She teaches her children at home using a classical education model with much emphasis on Literature and the Arts. She has found much direction and inspiration in the writings of British educator Charlotte Mason as well as authors Susan Shaffer McCualley and Susan Wise Baur.
Step into their home and you might find violins being played, The Secret Garden being read aloud, the Greek Olympics being acted out, and, of course, paintings being created by all members of the family. Extended time in an apartment in Manhattan with daily time spent in the Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Museum of Art also served to edify their educational principles of learning through experience and the arts.
Her work can be found in private and public collections throughout the United States and has been collected in London as well.