From rural town, Orange, Emily moved to Tamworth for primary school, and began high school in Lismore, Northern NSW. She grew up in regional areas of NSW, which has developed her strong connection and admiration towards the land.
After graduating high school she moved to Sydney to explore city living for a few fun, fast-paced years. In 2011 Emily began her Diploma of Visual Arts at Southbank Institute of Technology, Brisbane. Leaving the institute with a passion to continue creating, Emily enrolled into a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Southern Cross University (SCU), Lismore. Accepted, with recognition of prior learning, into 2nd year, Emily was granted a Rising Star Scholarship. This gave her the ability to buy and experiment with a wide range of materials and mediums, it also allowed her to maintain high grades focusing on her studies, treating it as a full-time job.
In 2015 Emily undertook an internship with Lismore Regional Gallery, here she worked closely with Hiromi Tango, an artist “full of passion and kindness.” This experience exposed behind the scenes of professionally exhibiting art, Hiromi unknowingly instilled a great confidence in Emily, encouraging her to express her truest feelings in her art.
Graduating from SCU in June 2016 with a grade point average of 6.125, Emily left with strong direction in her practice and continued exploring ways to translate her great admiration for the natural world. She was lucky to develop relations with admired supervisors from university; Jenny Watson, Stephen Garrett, John Smith, and Amber Wallis, she continues to keep in contact for professional development advice.
Leaving university with the goal of holding a solo show by the end of 2016, she held her first solo show in October, 2016. Portraits of Landscapes played with colour, abstraction, and traditions of landscape painting, the exhibition explored an internal response to being embodied in the landscape.
November 2016 Emily received a Young Regional Artists Scholarship (YRAS) from ArtsNSW to complete a project of professional development. From 2016-18 Emily has been extending and developing her previous explorations within her arts practice.
She held her 2nd solo show, Experienced Landscapes, at Lone Goat Gallery, Byron Bay, July 2017. The show marked a midway point of her YRAS scholarship, 11 large oil paintings of regional NSW. Emily was selected to show 2 works in the Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards, Sydney August 24 – September 2 2017, and was involved with numerous group shows during 2017.
March 2018 Experienced Landscapes II was held at The Northern Rivers Community Gallery, Ballina. An extensive show of 37 paintings that explored a road trip taken from Lismore to Broken Hill. The show begins with an alcove of en plein air works made during her trip, and moved through to a large room of studio works. Almost obsessed with these images and memories of the experience Emily continued working beyond this exhibition into another 14 works which she presented in Sydney at The Other Art Fair, 22-25 March 2018.
Emily’s connection to the land has developed a strong desire to acknowledge the importance of respecting and protecting nature through unveiling aspects that otherwise go unnoticed. Her paintings transform the common landscape into celebrations; they hold a strong presence and communicate importance.
Emily is determined to establish a professional artistic career that explores landscape painting, dedicated to travelling the continent to gain a comprehensive view of Australia. Her works are in multiple private collections and recently Ballina Shire Council has acquired 2 works for their private collection.
Most recently Emily was awarded the Macquarie Group Emerging Artis Prize for 2019. Her work ‘Alive in the Dead of Night’ was acquired into the collection, the following day Macquarie Group purchased her other exhibiting work ‘Meeting Myths and Learning Legends’, for their collection. Both works were painted whilst camping in the Kimberly, Western Australia.
Earlier in 2019 she held her 4th solo show ‘Memories of Place’ at Dungog Contemporary, displaying works created during her time exploring Western Australia. Most recently she developed a solo show for A.K.Bellinger Gallery, Inverell. These works explored the local birdlife Emily was exposed to during her time along the Murray River in South Australia, a moody show expressing her concern for a fragile ecosystem.
She has been traversing the country since June 2018 with her partner whilst living in the back of their Toyota Troop Carrier. She has continuously painted during her travels and is working towards her first solo show in Sydney early 2020.