About the Artist

Emily Lupita is a watercolor artist and digital illustrator. Her most recent book, I Believe in Seeds: Affirmations for Rewilding, received an Artist Community Gathering Grant from the BeWildReWild Fund at Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation. Emily Lupita is the winner of the Faulkner Society Gold Medal in Poetry. She earned a BA from Central College and MFA from Iowa State University.

Emily Lupita currently lives with her husband and their two young sons in Ankara, Turkey. Both of her sons are diagnosed with nonverbal Autism, and Emily Lupita now works from home so she can care for her exceptional boys full-time.


Emily Lupita is the author of The Creative Moment: Lighting Candles for Creativity, a newsletter to nurture creativity in daily life. Topics include motherhood, Autism, international travel + cultures, and creative inspiration. Weekly action prompts, plus available motivation posts and extra added features. This newsletter gives readers weekly starting points (candles) to light for a creative moment. 

Emily Lupita’s artwork has been influenced by her childhood in rural Iowa, her Mexican American + Welsh heritage, and experiences in different countries, including Japan, Turkey, Mexico, Wales, and other inspiring places. She formally began painting her signature ‘Portraits of Inner Reality’ series after a dedication ceremony in 2004 while living in Japan, where she had her first solo art show at the prestigious N.A. Gallery. Emily Lupita has since shown her artwork at many shows in the United States including the Octagon Center for the Arts Community Artists Exhibit, the Waterloo Center for the Arts Juried Art Show, and the Quincy Center For the Arts Japanese Art Exhibition, among many others

Emily Lupita was also an international education professional. She has previously taught elementary, high school, and college courses in multiple countries, and served as an international educator taking students on study abroad programs around the world.

Publications and Professional Experience

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