About Emma Connolly:
I am a semi-abstract landscape painter, creating elegant works in a range of media but mostly oils.
Unburdened by a conventional art degree and proudly self taught with a little help from my grandfather.
I work full time from my garden studio in Bedfordshire, sometimes spilling into the house. I also spend a rather large amount of time in Suffolk where I find the light over the flat landscape very inspiring. I enjoy the solitude of long walks immersed in nature as I love to ponder and daydream and I'm perfectly happy with my own company.My work is a conduit for my emotions- stirred from a beautiful scene in nature.
Painting soothes my soul and brings immense pleasure to my day.
My wish is for my paintings to bring the same soothing emotions and joy to my collectors.
I am currently represented by Woburn Mosaic Gallery in Woburn.
I create atmospheric and immersive paintings using oils, acrylics and pastel. I am intrigued by moving different art mediums over a range of surfaces and exploring the quality and depth of pigment. When I start a paining I have no idea where it will take me. I first pour oil mixed with turps over the canvas and see what marks are made, what pictures my imagination brings forward and I work on those. Landscapes leap forward sometimes in a fantastical way. I have a small wood at the bottom of the garden and I find a lot of my work feeds from that. I enjoy using autumnal/winter palettes with pops of vibrant colour to guide the eyes around the canvas.
My paintings are for the viewer to get lost in, to let their eyes pick out their own pictures and see things that come into their imagination.
Featured in: Meadow magazine, Country Homes & Interiors and In Her Studio.