About...

I'm incredibly fortunate to be able to do the thing I love the most ... draw! I love the challenge and journey each piece presents, whilst bringing something to life on the page ~ giving it dimensionality. 

I work in a realism style, and have always been drawn (excuse the pun!) to eyes ~ I love them! Therefore it's my goal to create emotion in each piece that an individual reveals in their eyes. I hope I can do each one justice.

I predominantly like to work in a square or rectangular format, based on the ratios of the 6 x 6 or 6 x 9 medium format photographic style. This is based on my previous life as a publishing Art Director, and working with polaroids (pre-digital!) ~ and my love for black and white photography, the emotion and textures it evokes and conveys has always fascinated me, much more than colour.

I tend to work primarily in graphite, but have been known to use coloured or pastel pencil, my happy place is graphite though. My work focuses on wildlife and travel portraiture ~ two of my other loves! Another is walking (camera close to hand), and have been fortunate to be able to combine travel and wildlife with walking ~ perfect! 

Whilst I do work with my own photographic imagery for my travel portraiture, I do usually work from images by professional photographers for wildlife.

Influences & inspiration...
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Dorothea Lange, Richard Avedon, Robert Doisneau, Bridget Riley, Kelvin Okafor, Nick Sider, Trevor Weekes, Vince Low, Mrs Best and Mrs Randall ~ my incredibly patient Art teachers at school!

Bio...

I've always been blessed with the ability to draw, and whilst at school, always wanted to be 'an artist'. Cue reality, and the fact I love food, wine and travel ~ I decided to set off on the path of Graphic Designer, eventually becoming an Art Director, working across some high profile brands. During this time, I literally didn't pick up a drawing pencil for over 20 years.

A few years ago, I left the publishing industry for good to fully commit to drawing again, and fulfilling my idealistic dream from the '80s! It was, still is, daunting!! That self-doubt creeps in at the most inopportune moments ~ something many creatives understand.

Graphite has always been my safe place, and even at University always used graphite until they eventually changed the project objectives to state 'colour only' ~ so conte chalk pastels came out!  Pen and Ink was also a favourite, but most recently I have taken the plunge into coloured pencil ... I'm still wading through that massive learning curve!!

• Bachelor of Art Education.
Foundation year ~ Drawing and Photography. 

College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales. 1990

• Bachelor of Graphic Design.
University of Canberra. 1991-1993

© 2020 by Emma Price Art.

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