Emily grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina and graduated from the University of Virginia, where she studied studio art and art history. While at UVA, she completed an independent study studio art program in France with the Maryland Institute College of Art led by Ken Tisa. Since moving to Washington, DC in 2007, Emily has worked as a graphic designer and completed certificate programs at the Corcoran College of Art + Design while continuing to evolve her unique painting style. Her art has been exhibited in Central Virginia, North Carolina, France, and across the Washington, DC area.

Emily says, “My influences range from classical painters to Surrealists and contemporary artists like Mark Ryden and Ray Caesar. Art is the one thing that I do with no external motive other than pure self-expression, and each time I put a brush to canvas I feel in tune with the essential human need to connect to something greater than myself.”