Emily Klima is a New York City–based visual artist. Ms. Klima has always noted a strong need to defy what she had been taught about art making. From that shift in perspective Ms. Klima explores painting’s inherently raw power. Ms. Klima’s art is alive with its particular flurry of color and energy, created with drips and splatters. Ms. Klima exploits her formal training in drawing, painting, and design yet breaks free of its strictures. Layered bursts of brilliant acrylic color—mixed media such as typography and free-associative writing, and other media, such as resin and tape. Ms. Klima has given fresh vigor to her love of painting by applying oil sticks, which give her dynamic and layered paintings a velvety finish.