Emily was born and raised in Southern California and received a BA from UC-Berkeley in 1992. She has spent every summer of her life in the midcoast area, and Maine has been her home for the past ten years. Maine holds deep family ties and connections.
“My approach to art has been influenced by a number of factors, most significantly American folk art. The beauty, design, and functionality manifested in my mother’s collection, as well as other artists’ pieces, have guided my work. I utilize layers of different textures, colors, and collages hoping my paintings explode off the canvas. I also incorporate mundane items used in everyday life, such as toothbrushes, plastic beads, pieces of jewelry, to explore a wide variety of themes and issues of contemporary society. Some of my mixed media pieces combine American icons and multiple political messages. Through these means my art seeks to address the world we live in and challenge the viewer to consider alternative realities."