Emma Ward is an early career artist living and working in Central Queensland. Working in drawing, painting and sculpture, Emma’s practice revolves around connecting feelings with memories and the importance of time. As a catalyst to unlocking personal narratives Emma uses nature, and domestic objects to weave stories about identity, love and nurturing. In her larger practise, Emma’s work also explores the human connection with mother nature and delivers her subtle stories with a nod to the changing identity of the feminine condition.
I was born in Rockhampton, Queensland, which has left an imprint on my colour palette. I am a visual artist who paints from the heart: specialising in figure and portraiture style painting. My practise is predominantly in archival acrylic paints. I enjoy their flexibility; I enjoy creating detail and soul in my brushstrokes, with light uses of layers and background textures in interactive acrylics, which have the qualities of watercolours, or oils depending on my mood. I enjoy exploring the emotions between memories and dreams. My style is feminine and semi realistic, disturbed by areas of grubbiness, allowing my brush to express my emotions connected to the work. In recent times I have worked in series: most recently have been large-scale animal portraiture, focusing on mostly country animals of my landscape native birds and species found in Australia. The goal in my work is always to capture emotion, and a mundane or brief moment that triggers a memory and a connection with the viewer. I navigate my own ever-changing emotional landscape; inspired by my imagination, self-doubt, love, courage and my longing to create. Recently I’ve begun exploring story telling through the use of still life paintings that hold both personal memories and a universal emotional connection to memory, love and time.
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