Award winning artist Emma-Leone Palmer graduated in Fine Art in 2005. After a number of crazy-fun years painting in her ‘Old Fire Station’ studio in Surrey, numerous exhibitions and awards, and setting up of various creative projects; she shut-up-shop and with a rucksack full of art supplies went to paint in Italy.
Her love of figurative oil painting grew whilst living i...n Umbria, painting alongside artist Lorenzo Fonda in Raffaelo’s Perugian studio.
When back in England this culminated in an prolific solo exhibition at The Watts gallery, a national gallery, of 38 portraits, exploring the character and colour of a single community.
The artist has a compulsive urge to create; the challenge of getting an emotion down; the enjoyment of getting that highlight that makes a painting ‘pop’. Her love of paint extends to the the texture, the feel of the brush between her fingers, the way the colours blend and dribble and merge.
For Emma painting is as naturally innate as breathing. She loves the infinite individuality of facial expressions, inner dialogue vs. outward portrayal, emotions and tactile moments. She is obsessive for her love of the medium of oil - the feel of it, the touch of it, the colour, substance - her ability is natural to put these elements together.
Recognised for her appearance on Portrait Artist of the Year, the artist has also recently won the London Contemporary Art Prize and received an award from Princess Michael of Kent at the SWA, The Mall Galleries.
Due to her success her artwork is now collected by celebrities and established art collectors, such as Sharron Davies MBE, Richard E. Grant, Mary Wondrausch OBE and Paul Rodgers.
Now based in Wimbledon, Emma works from her studio at WAS; she loves creating in this environment as she bounces off the creativity of the other artists around her and sharing creative highs and lows.