I’m half English and half Norwegian and paint from home in Surrey. I have a Double Honours in Art History and Scandinavian Studies. but consider myself, self-taught, my ‘art’ education based on 8 years of intensive searching for art during my days as worldwide cabin crew for British Airways. I've been exhibiting and selling my artwork for 20 years, after being taken on with New British Artists’ as their ‘wild card’ for the London Art Fair. In 2019 I won the Liberty Open Call with my painting ‘Graffiti Summer' which was transformed into an iconic Liberty fabric print, documented within their historical archives. The BBC documentary 'One Day That Changed My Life', followed my painting process and artist journey. In 2021 my designs were published in, 'The Fundamentals of Printed Textile Design.' By Alex Russell.
To date my artwork has been featured in Create! Magazine, Art Seen, Sew, Homes and Antiques, Artbox, Absolutely London, Canary Wharf City Life and Public Art Magazine Korea.
Since 2020 I have had my artwork in multiple group shows, a solo show in Gresham Street and have collaborated with Haus of Paint, Background Bob, WW1 Curates, The Unity Art Project and published a podcast, Art Seeker Stories.
At the end of this year in 2023 I have a solo show ‘Colourscapes’, at The Lightbox Gallery Museum.
Emma Hill’s paintings explore memories and experiences of nature, of the sky, sea, and landscape. Instead of traditional methods of recording by recognition, colour and texture document her senses.
The energy of mark-making expresses her emotions, feelings, and memories, held within a place and time. In grasping the true essence of experience, she creates her own visual language as an abstract landscape.
Emma’s process is intuitive, spontaneous, expressive, and emotionally charged. Each picture starts with a single brush stroke, initiating a conversation. A streak of turquoise leaps over a zig-zag spectrum. Parchment and lilac play beside striking fluorescents. Prussian blue drips pouring like rain, while brilliant white miniature dots light up the sky like stars. Paint is thrown wide and poured tight, meandering and flowing, determining our journey in life. Her artwork aim is to create paintings that inspire and share joy, an escape to dream into, constructing an intuitive world where we are happy, just to be. Each painting is complete and given meaning by you, the imagination of the viewer. “My abstract paintings are raw, expressive and contemporary, blurring the lines between impressionism and graffiti.