Originally from Berkhamsted, Emma studied her MA Painting at Wimbledon School of Art which is known for its links with the Theatre. Emma has exhibited widely and has been shortlisted for several prestigious painting prizes leading to showings at Christie’s, the Mall Gallery and more recently the Strand Gallery where she won 2nd prize. She is now living in St Albans and last year she was artist is residence at the Abbey Theatre, St Albans. Continuing with the theme of the stage and masked theatre she incorporates dance, specifically ballet. Working in mainly oil on board she creates thought provoking, atmospheric work. Engaging with the energy and raw lighting of the stage her work often draws this light back into dark spaces with drawing always being the most important element. 

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