Emma Hill is a figurative painter living and working in London, painting portraits, still life and landscape. Finding the Light at 35 North was Emma’s first solo exhibition outside London and featured a series of still life flower paintings peppered with a small number of plein air paintings made both in her compact London garden and the gardens at Chiswick House in west London.
Emma originally trained as an artist, both in the UK and in France, but was seduced and energised by the written word, magazines and the beauty industry. Emma became an award-winning beauty and fragrance journalist writing about the subject for many years. Yet even when in the field making notes about the lavender and iris harvest in Provence Emma was building up sketch books of drawings. This led to a series of pen and ink paintings, which she sold through interiors store Atelier Living and later to the first solo exhibition of her work in 2004. Over the past 15 years Emma has continued to dovetail her work as an acclaimed journalist with her artistic practice working as a portrait and still life painter, developing her skills at art schools in London including Heatherley School of Fine Art.
Emma has exhibited with the Chelsea Art Society as well as independently. Paintings by Emma Hill have been pre-selected for both the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and the New English Art Club. Emma Hill’s work has been featured in the FT How to Spend It for whom, alongside British newspapers, magazines and Vogue Japan, she has written regularly. Emma’s paintings also feature in private collections.