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Emily Proud
Two of Proud's vivid watercolor paintings

The burnish of California poppies at their peak, the flesh of red beets at their ripest… If only we could preserve their vibrancy so they never wilted in a vase or got rancid in our fridge.

That’s where Emily Proud’s watercolors come in. The San Francisco native grew up in Inner Richmond and has been painting lifelike botanicals since elementary school. After studying fine art at UCLA, she moved back to the city that inspires her and settled in the Mission.

Now it’s her neighborhood’s Technicolor murals and farmers market that inspire her. She brings local flowers, fruits and vegetables back to her studio, where she composes vivid still lifes.

Proud also has an affinity for vintage kitchen tools, like spatulas and mason jars. She casts them in a nostalgic yet refreshing light by using intensely pigmented paints.

Her prints ($18 to $34) and originals ($150 to $250) are currently available on Etsy. Proud also takes custom orders, starting at $150. We may have to enlist her help in immortalizing the purple asparagus we recently spotted at the Ferry Building.

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