Emily’s practice is a natural inquisition, it fulfils her innate desire to be in the landscape. “Over time I have developed a satisfying fixation of both; the Australian environment, and the process of painting itself.”
Emily holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Southern Cross University. Granted a Rising Star Scholarship during her studies, she graduated in June 2016 with a grade point average of 6.125. Between 2016 -18, Emily received a Young Regional Artists Scholarship from Create NSW to continue her investigations of primordial connections between humans and the natural world.
Driven by the phenomenon of biophilia, Emily continuously takes herself into the land exploring ways to translate experience into paintings. Inspired by the resilience found within nature, the landscape has become a metaphor for her own psychology. Her works explore vivifying forces of nature, while also encouraging her audience to reflect on the impact humanity assails upon the world.
From June 2018 Emily spent 2 years traversing the country, living and working out of her car. A formative experience, her practice is now set in foundations of ‘en plein air’. She documents her immediate biota then, using ‘outdoor studios’, reflects upon memories, attempting to push beyond having exclusively visual stimuli.
“I find the immediacy of painting from life and the distortion resulting from processes of remembering, to be an interesting way to articulate human experience.”
Emily was awarded the Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize in 2019 for her work ‘Alive in the Dead of Night’. This work and her other exhibiting work ‘Meeting Myths and Learning Legends’ were painted whilst camping in the Kimberly WA. Both pieces were acquired into the prestigious Macquarie Group Collection. She also has multiple works in private collections and 2 works in the Ballina Shire Council’s collection. Emily is currently working on a exhibition for Edwina Corlette Gallery in Brisbane and is represented by Saint Cloche Gallery in Sydney.