Emily graduated from William Woods University in 1979 with a bachelor degree in fine art with concentrations in oil painting and printmaking. Early on in her career, Emily chose the path of printmaking and developed a style recognizable as her own. Utilizing plenty of negative space, vivid color, and black line, the work proved to be popular and provided a good living for 25 years.
Feeling uninspired by a style that had changed very little since the mid '80's, Emily took a hiatus from printmaking and worked towards finding her style in oil painting. Drawn to the innovations in art that had happened in turn of the century Paris, Emily traveled there to become inspired by the voices from another time. In particular, the uniqueness of Modigliani proved to be the inspiration to find that new identifying style.
Emily returned to her first love of portraiture. Her stylized interpretations of her models begin to tell their stories as the viewer studies the work. These are not literal interpretations. Yes, they can be recognized as a particular person but more so in the way they stand or tilt their head. This gives the viewer an idea of who this person is/was; not just what they looked like. They are telling their stories and telling the viewer who they are without words. It’s a private conversation you are having with a piece of art. It is not unusual, when listening in to people who are looking at Emily's work, to hear things like "I would love to sit at a party with that one . . . don't you imagine she is full of gossip?" followed by what they imagine their story to be. Or as Emily puts it, “art that makes you tell the story you are seeing.”
Featured artist at Ciel Gallery, June 2014
First Place SoNo Art Festival, South Norwalk, CT
First Place Festival of the Masters, Lake Buena Vista, FL
Featured Artist for Charlotte Shout, Charlotte, NC
Notable Corporate Collectors:
Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, FL
RT Distribution, Dusseldorf, Germany
BMG Music, London, England
Corel Corporation, Ottawa, Canada
Armstrong Flooring, Lancaster, PA