Working almost entirely in the field and informed by my background as a biologist, I make quick, instinctive drawings of trees and landscapes, aiming to capture character and mood. Using mainly charcoal, pencil and chalk, I seek out trees with unusual shapes, forms or groupings, often following the same specimens through different seasons. Over the past year, daily sketches of trees in the University Parks, Oxford formed the basis of my Oxfordshire Artweeks exhibition 'A Year in the Parks'.
As a passionate natural historian, I also make smaller drawings of feathers and other found objects, as well as working with paper, text and maps to explore biodiversity and the language of place and nature.
Alongside my art practice, I teach across the biological, environmental and human sciences at school and university and work in a voluntary capacity at the Pitt Rivers Museum and the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. The latter has recently inspired a series of paper weavings based on the entomology collections. I am also involved in art projects in schools and in the community, with a particular interest in the links between natural history and art.
I am based in Oxford where I have studied, lived and worked for the best part of three decades.
Emma is happy to accept commissions.