Emma Town Fine Art
‘May your dreams bloom’
Emma Town is a painter from Warwickshire, England. Her work is inspired by the beauty of nature and our own connections to it. Her artwork often places an animal as the central most important element and this is painted with care and attention, reflecting Emma’s own vision where humanity affords the natural world such devotion. Recent paintings have developed into a more whimsical style, where animals are used as personification for our own thoughts, feelings and behaviours. We can imagine ourselves curled up, all cosy or stretched out in a blissful dream. Her paintings explore the idea that deep within all of us is our connection to the earth and our wildness, we are not so different to the animals that we share this planet with.
Emma’s influences range from her own love of nature to the many depictions of animals from her childhood through to today. Her love of Beatrix Potter books and other animal stories as a child, were the catalyst for ideas dreamed up in her art. Recently, an interest in the imagery surrounding spells, old magic and ancient wisdom have started to creep into her work. The creative process begins with the wish to express a idea or explore a particular theme. From there, references are gathered from wildlife photography along with flowers and foliage from her own garden. Colour plays an important role and artistic licence is used so that the paintings take on a more stylised feel rather than photo-realistic. Colour schemes are inspired from nature’s own rich source but also from interior design, fashion and anywhere that evokes the right feelings or sparks excitement.
Primarily an oil painter, Emma uses soft ethereal whispery paint strokes to express her love of wild flora and fauna. The use of definition and realism in areas of the work serves to draw the viewer in, to become part of this world whist simultaneously elevating nature’s status to all.
“ I love oil paint due to it’s versatility, and I continue to enjoy exploring the many ways that oils can be utilised. By painting in thin layers, many subtle effects can be created. The finish of a varnished oil painting is a thing of beauty, almost glowing due to these layers, giving it a luminosity that sets it apart from other media.”