Degree: MA Fine Art
University: University of Wales, School of Art
Graduation Year: 2005
Emily Gregory-Smith was one of the first artists we represented at NewBloodArt. I came across her work at her degree show in Aberystwyth in 2005 and then visited her delightful stone art studio in the wild outskirts of Aberystwyth. We successfully sold her work for many years. Emily is a fine artist and has a way of capturing the transient nature of the weather and particularly of the windswept Welsh coast line. Her large scale pieces are glorious, though so too are her small works - which are remarkable in their ability to capture the vast scale of the landscape on a small scale. Emily returns to us after a career break having started a family and it’s a joy to welcome her back - to the Masters section of the website.
I return often to the coastal areas and estuaries of West Wales and its inland river valleys near my home, to walk and draw. There's something compelling about these places - the light, the watery expanses and big skies; their raw elements ever newly configuring. In the studio, I paint intuitively and try to let the materials lead the work to allow the freshness of the landscape to come in through the paint. There is an element of risk in this kind of painting which is important. It’s not just about the landscape, the paint itself, or my emotional response, but all three together creating a resonance for the viewer, a space for their own feelings to be present in their own remembered landscapes