Faces: Emily Wilson

By Beacon Staff

For Emily Wilson the similarity between a blank canvas and the empty ice is a possibility.

“It has the potential to be anything you want it to be,” said the 17-year-old Whitefish High School student and member of the Whitefish Figure Skating Club.

“As far back as I can remember (skating) has been a part of my life,” said Wilson, who has been with club since she was 10. Now Wilson is applying her artistic ability to art.

“My favorite is colored pencil,” she said. “But I like every medium.”

Skating is an individual sport where she feels can work at own speed and her own pace – the same is true for her art.

“You have close friends for support and help,” she said. “But with art and skating, you can get away from it all. I’m not a very competitive person,” said added. “I love being on the ice by myself.”

Landing the Axel has been her biggest accomplishment and after working on it for a year-and-a-half, she landed it while at figure skating camp in Salt Lake City, Utah.

“The Axel is a big accomplishment for anyone and it’s a good feeling knowing you did something big.”