A 13-year-old artist turns her passion into a full-fledged business

Think back to what you were doing at 13. For many of us, 13 meant friends, video games, maybe a little shopping.

For Emily Pisano — 13 means sharpening her skills, energizing her business and evolving her art.

“When I started doing art, it started more like drawing and painting on canvas,” Emily explained.


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Some paintings by Emily Pisano.

Traditional art transformed into more creative pieces.

Emily started collecting pieces of wood to paint… then ventured into handmade jewelry.

His most popular pieces consist of acrylic paint thrown onto a canvas, then using a hair dryer as a brush.


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Emily Pisano creates a work of art with paint and a hair dryer.

“It looks really cool and it blends and looks like tie-dye,” she said.

Her most unique pieces at the moment are bowls made from magazine pages turned and tightly rolled into various shapes and sizes.


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One of Emily Pisano’s unique bowls created with magazine pages.

“I can see my evolution, I guess,” Emily laughed.

The lake, just a block from their home, provides countless hours of inspiration – the sunsets, in particular.


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Emily Pisano, 13-year-old artist and entrepreneur, is inspired by the lake.

Behind every brilliant artist and entrepreneur, there is a pair of proud parents.


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Emily Pisano’s parents, Molly and Matt.

“Ever since she was little, we’ve seen her creative side,” her dad Matt said.

It’s not just creativity that keeps Emily busy.

The 13-year-old brings her wares to sell at local markets – most recently Vermillion Market in the park.


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13-year-old artist and entrepreneur Emily Pisano sells her art at a local market.

Matt said the lessons she’s learning are “nothing a classroom can give you… She’s learning the entrepreneurial part of it and she’s learning how to make a little bit of money from her passion and her hobby.”

For mum Molly, it’s as if the roles had literally turned.

“It’s just nice to see my girlfriend shopping and now she’s on the other side of the booth selling her wares.”

With the full support of her parents, including allowing her to take over the family shed as her art develops, Emily’s art is now a business.

The reactions to this inspire him to continue and grow.

“I love that everything is different and how I came up with the own idea myself, it was my own inspiration,” Emily said.