From Passion to Purpose: Emily Zheng's Love for Creative Expression

From Passion to Purpose: Emily Zheng's Love for Creative Expression

When did you become interested in making art?

I’ve always loved the arts. Growing up, I enjoyed playing classical music on the flute and piano, took multiple art history classes in school, and visited museums often.

How did you become interested in nail design?

Cristine from Simply Nailogical was my first inspiration. I enjoyed watching her YouTube videos, which taught me all the basics of painting my nails. Soon after I began my nail journey, quarantine began in 2020, so I had endless hours at home to practice and experiment with nail art.

What inspires your work?

I get inspiration from everywhere, including art, fashion, and fellow nail artists. There are so many different techniques, finishes, and design possibilities in nail art, which makes it so fun.

What advice would you give to an aspiring nail artist?

Practice is key! I started in late 2019 and could barely paint my nails one color without getting polish all over my skin. After only a few years of painting my nails 3-5x a week, I can now create so many different designs. I’m still learning how to get better every day – it’s such an enjoyable process for me, and I can’t wait to see how my nail art will continue to evolve over time.

How do you hope to see your career grow in the next 3-5 years?

I hope to continue creating nail art designs that my audience love, and working closely with wonderful companies like ManiMe.

What is your favorite thing about being an artist?

I love having an outlet to be creative, and the great thing about nails is that you get to wear your designs everywhere. It’s been a wonderful way for me to bond with other creators around the world, and my friends and coworkers who also enjoy having their nails done.