Emma Ford was born in 1991 and raised in Warrington, Cheshire. Since graduating in BA Fine Art at Falmouth University, Emma has exhibited across Warrington, Cornwall and London. She was nominated for the Midas Award following her degree show and exhibited in the Millennium Gallery in St Ives as part of this. Her work was also selected to be a part of FloatArt London, an exhibition that took place aboard the Dixie Queen Paddleboat on the River Thames.
Emma has explored painting techniques in both Canada and India; her paintings are a response to location and time spent within an environment. Her work continues to explore painting with an emphasis on the key elements of painterly language: materiality, colour and composition. Emma’s ideas and inspirations stem from looking at images and photographs as a memory, perhaps sometimes embellished memories. She feels the need to make paintings that co-exist with these idyllic images and conform to her recollections of being in the environment.
Continually drawn to painting mountainous regions, Emma wants to convey the serenity of the alpine peaks, but although painted from photographs, they are simply for reference only. The valleys painted are not a true representation of a specific town, but simply remembered fragments stitched together to construct a new landscape.
Emma would like her paintings to act as a contemplative space to allow the viewer to form their own connections and interpretations of the landscape. Personally they are a hazy reflection of her time spent there, but for others it may trigger their own sentiments of previous journeys.