Having dabbling in the arts for many years but it was only in 2017 that Emily identified a style and subject matter that really resonated – detailed natural illustrations. A self taught artist, Emily uses gouache as her medium, preferring the matt opaque quality that provides bold lines and colours.
As a device to provide discipline to her art practice and a way to further develop her skills, Emily embarked on a daily painting challenge for the month of April. For 30 days she painted a sea creature each day, posting it to Instagram under the hashtag “UnderwaterApril”.
This proved invaluable in developing a style and technique that defines her current work and also opened further opportunity to research the many stunning creatures out in the natural world, their life stories and the importance of projecting vulnerable species.
Work created as part of this series was selected as a finalist in the 2017 Bayton Awards and Emily has also had work tour Queensland finalist in the 2017 Queensland Regional Arts Awards.
As of late 2019 Emily has relocated to Brisbane to pursue an “art sabbatical” with the idea of trying and learning about styles, techniques and the art creation process with the intention of creating artwork full time. You can find out more about Emily’s story in her introduction blogpost here.