Who am I?
I was born in Hereford to a Welsh mother and English father and I have lived in several different English and Welsh towns during my life. I studied for a degree and PhD in Medieval History at Cardiff University in the 1980s and 1990s and I have lived and worked in Swansea since 1998. A car accident in 2012 led to me developing PTSD and a life-long hobby became an essential therapy and unexpected career.
My first love is colour and oils are, in my opinion, the best medium for colour. I like to paint landscapes, urban scenes and figurative work. I especially try to capture the fleeting moments of ordinary people in their everyday lives. Painting moods, anticipations and atmospheres. Creating presence and pathos.
Reviews of my work
“Looking at Emma’s painting you may get a sense of Paul Gauguin’s use of yellow and red, Robert Bevan’s blue green trees with purple, Henri Matisse’s simplification and exaggeration of form and Andre Derain’s bold definition of shape within the landscape. Emma likes the Fauvist simplified forms, use of lines and bold combination of colours. Emma challenges herself not to keep producing paintings in one style or influence, and is reactive to the scenes and feelings she is faced with when in front of a potential subject. She has created at the other end of the light spectrum too, capturing night-time urban, city scenes.
There are so many subjects for Emma to apply herself too, as she is located in Swansea with so many different types of landscape close by – woodland, mountain and coast. It’s all about the light for Emma, capturing the excitement of it playing on her subjects. A true case of what’s left out by the artist with a clever use of colour to take the viewer’s mind on a journey into the depths of the image.” Review – Gallery OMP, Hereford.