Emet was scouted and signed in 1955 by the New York Yankees. His stories of pitching to Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra are plentiful. Now 84, Emet recalls persistence being his key asset.
“I wasn’t even supposed to make my high school baseball team. And then I was the only pitcher from my area that was asked to attend the Yankees Spring Training Camp. Unfortunately injury prevented me from continuing. But had I not had that experience, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I learned that I make my own opportunities. And that was part of what led me to Los Angeles.
”Fast forward ahead to the early 70’s, Emet is working within the art business in New York, when he decides to pack up his small car, load in his paintings and drive across country to discover the west coast. Over the next two decades, Emet builds a bustling multimillion dollar art auction business, starting from the kitchen table of his West LA apartment. Understanding how art was sold, and the differences between a lithograph and a master print, the trip had made for a very successful career move.
“Hollywood was alive. Everyone was buying art. It was a great time to be in the business.”
By the early 90’s, he had clearly defined himself professionally in Los Angeles, in terms of his art business. However his personal affairs were another story. And as Emet explains, painting was the only thing that helped clear his mind, allowing him to express himself on the canvas.
“It was my meditation space. I was able to be free and not feel restricted. Freedom from the chaos, you could say. You see, Picasso is pre-conceived. Look at GUERNICA. He did it to commemorate the rape of Spain by the Nazis. My art is very much in the moment. What is my inspiration at that moment. It is what I see, or what I am about to do on the canvas. Older people don’t always get what I am doing. A lot of young people look at my stuff. They love it.”