Emma is a contemporary painter living and working from her studio near the river Deben in Suffolk. She grew up in Woodbridge, Suffolk and studied at Ipswich School of Art followed by a Fine Art Degree in Hull before returning to Suffolk in 2002.
Emma’s oil paintings explore Suffolk’s coastal landscape, its wildness, remoteness and the fleeting changes of light and atmosphere. Emma says,,
“ I think my paintings lie somewhere between figuration and abstraction. I paint intuitively, exploring always the physical qualities of the oil paint. Thick opaque areas combine with dilute washes of colour. Some areas are scraped back to reveal hidden layers and textures underneath. Flicks and sprays of paint evoke coastal flora, flocks of wading birds flying up on the incoming tide, or patterns and debris left behind by old wooden boats in the mud.I love the names of boats - Persephone, Black Cat, Cobweb … often titling my paintings after them. The act of painting is very physical , gestural, but I hope ultimately that my work is suffused with a sense of calm.”
Her influences are varied, from Joan Mitchell’s abstract expressionist works, to Joan Eardley’s immersive plein air landscapes and the meditative ‘splashed ink’ landscapes of Fifteenth Century Japanese artist, Sesshu Toyo.
Emma also works on floral studies of the plants found on the Suffolk Coast. She has completed a recent residency at White House Farm as part of the Alde Valley Spring Festival to immerse herself in painting the cherry blossom.
Emma exhibits regularly at Alde Valley, The Gallery, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, ArtDog London, Thompsons Galleries, and Cambridge Contemporary Art.
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