My Story

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Hi there, I'm Emily, the illustrator and founder of Rainbobo. When I was working in the corporate world I kept a small dirty art studio in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. It was a great space for me to run away to and dream of what my future, outside of cubicle life, would be like. While I was working there late one night, the word Rainbobo came to me and struck me like lightening. I knew instantly that it was the name of my future, a future not yet imagined. What I love about the name is that it instantly conveys a rainbows symbolism of inclusion, love, peace and equality.

In my corporate life, I had the good fortune to have a 17 year career in corporate design. I ended my career at USA TODAY as their Art Director of sales marketing. While the experience was great, it didn't feed my heart. I spent days pushing pixels, managing marketing campaigns and dreamed and schemed of the day that what I put out in the world would reflect the longing in my soul. That longing, expressed in my illustrations and magical jewelry is to be a source of Love energy on this planet. I've been on a long and sometime painful road of spiritual inquiry & self discovery. What I've arrived at is beautifully summed up by Tom Campbell, "lose your fear, lose your ego, grow up, become love."

In Rainbobo, my illustrations are influenced by my experiences, nature, the cosmos, magic, yoga, religion, philosophy, transcendental and mystical traditions. Despite these influences, I consider myself a spiritual free agent. I believe, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that LOVE is a physical force and we should wield it mightily and often. In Rainbobo it’s my hope that you feel uplifted, embraced and most importantly, unconditionally LOVED.

The photo montage above is my family. My husband Augie and our 3 kids keep me feeling very loved, grounded and extraordinarily grateful. The second to last photo is of me with my best friend Marge. If you've read this far and care to learn more about my Willy Wonka like journey of self discovery, you can find out more about it here. The last photo is of Jake, perched quite happily on the top of a door. Strange boy. Jake is my constant studio companion and official work disruptor, as you'll see on my IG feed.

It means the world to me to live my purpose and I couldn't do that without your love and support. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for visiting Rainbobo.