THE STORY OF EMMA'S ART
How It All Began
I was born and raised on the south coast of England in West Sussex, where I currently live with my husband. I have both the sea and countryside within a few miles from my home.
I have had an interest in art since school and am passionate about the Impressionist era from around 1867 – 1886 and slightly later. This French 19th century movement is a style which captures an image as if someone had seen it for just a moment, with lots of colours and mainly outdoor scenes. Such paintings tend to be bright and vibrant, without too much detail. Until recently, I have mainly painted still life, in a similar style to this era and mostly commissioned pieces. Artists who influence me include Camille Pissaro, Alfred Sisley, Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renior, Edgar Degas, Paul Cézanne and of course Van Gogh. Other different styles I enjoy are found in works by Edouard Manet, Paul Signac, Georges Seurat, Henri Matisse, and I find Salvador Dalí interesting!
I have been painting on canvas in oils and acrylics for about 20 years, using various techniques. I find acrylic the best as it dries quickly, so I can paint over in layers creating great texture. I use acrylic inks too for fine details and can add this as soon as the paint is dry. I am self-taught.
During the worldwide lock down from the Covid-19 virus in 2020, I had plenty of time to paint! I decided on a new collection focusing on landscapes. The lock down gave me time to appreciate many things in life, and from this I drew inspiration for my new collection.
As a qualified and professional wedding photographer, my work ended when lock down began. I spent time with my husband in the garden and out walking for exercise, finding so much inspiration around me. I decided to paint the landscapes, skies, trees and flowers with vibrant or pastel colours and matching tones. I am also inspired from some of the stunning wedding venues and brides’ bouquets I have photographed. My palette and style headed toward the same Impressionist era that I have always loved, but with a slight edginess due to the ink details. I added some very small hearts to the paintings for this my new Collection. The idea of my art is to make people smile, make them feel happy, calm and relaxed looking at my beautiful landscapes.
I paint all the time. During the summertime, I have thousands of wedding photos to edit, and sometimes need to break away from the computer screen! So, to sit in the garden and paint is so relaxing and keeps me creative. I also teach painting, mainly in the winter months, from my home office / studio.