Emily received her BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2018, where she discovered her love for charcoal and pastels. Emily’s early work focused on still lifes as she learned how to manipulate the mediums. Once she drew her first portrait, she found her calling and hasn’t stopped drawing faces since. Continuously exploring different mediums, Emily is forever learning about her artistic style and expression. From the time she could hold a pencil, it was apparent Emily had an inclination towards the arts. As a child, she would take the tops of tissue boxes with an oval opening to “frame” her work and hang around her home. She is a self-taught seamstress and creates elegant gowns with just as much focus on detail as she places on her portraits. Emily enjoys working with different mediums to stay fresh and to frequently learn about herself as an artist. While heavily influenced by figurative realism, her style is unique in its focus on contrast. Light’s intimate relationship with shadow brings her joy as an artist, a feeling that shines through in her work. Manipulating charcoal and soft pastels to create highly detailed pieces, her hope is to draw figures that feel as though they will reach off the paper and interact with the viewer.