Emma studied Art alongside English Literature at the University of York St John. Graduating with a First Class Honours degree and the University's Humanities Prize, she was awarded a British Academy Scholarship to undertake an interdisciplinary MA by Research in English with History of Art at the University of York. Her interest in literature complements the poetic nature of her painting.
Of her process, Emma explains "Texture is integral to my work and I enjoy freely evolving this through the layering of materials. I paint primarily in acrylic, but combine this with a variety of other media such as heavy gesso, acrylic mediums, glazes and inks. I enjoy the process of developing areas as they emerge, rubbing back and building up, scratching into the surface and working with palette knives, fingers and a variety of drawing implements as well as brushes to create diversity in my mark-making."
Her combination of landscape, figure and mood created through mixed media techniques can be seen as a contemporary intepretation of Romanticism. The totem-like figures are as timeless as the land, sea and sky, merging the inner with the outer world. Frequently taking inspiration from the big wild skies of her native Yorkshire, she also spends time in both Cornwall and Cumbria, their different light and colour bringing variety to her palette, yet echoing the same poignant mood.
Emma is represented by Silson Contemporary and Bils & Rye and participates regularly in a variety of exhibitions. In 2019 she was elected an exhibiting member of Leeds Fine Artists, one of the oldest and most prestigious arts organisations in the North of England. She was also awarded the Inspired By Gallery Supporters Prize at the inaugural North York Moors Art Awards. You can find her latest news on social media.