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 and slightly later. This 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. Artists I love include Camille Pissaro, Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renior, Edgar Degas, Paul Cézanne and Van Gogh. Other different styles I enjoy are found in works by Edouard Manet, Henri Matisse, and I find Salvador Dalí interesting!
I have been painting on canvas in oils and acrylics for over 20 years and I am self-taught. My techniques include dry brushing, sponging, pouring, as well as traditional brushes and palette knives in various shapes. I use acrylic paint, acrylic metallic, gloss and pearl plus some acrylic inks. Each painting is finished with matt or gloss acrylic varnish, then signed and noted on the back.
The idea of my art is to allow people to escape the every day stress, chaos, noise, pressures and make people smile, feel happy, calm and relaxed looking at my world of floral landscapes, if only for a moment. All the flowers are made up, fanciful, in my world. I start with a base inspired by the skies, earth and sometimes the ocean.
I paint when sitting in my garden, my studio/office or even at the dining table! I also teach painting, mainly in the winter months, from my home office / studio. I am also a professional wedding photographer - a day of happiness and yes, more flowers!