Emma Burleigh

I am an artist and art teacher who is passionate about the vibrant, glowing and unpredictable qualities of watercolour and mixed media. I'm interested in everyday life, the inner life and the layers of life in between. I'm currently working on a series of large paintings exploring expressive mark making, as well as slowly developing an 'autobiofictionagraphical' novel.  Stories and myths often inform my work and I've studied traditional narrative based paintings such as Mughal miniatures and medieval Books of Hours for their inventive compositions, jewel like colours and quirky details. Much of my work is inspired by the beauty of the natural world, and some of my work has to do with letting the dark stuff out!

 I offer original paintings to buy, as well as cards and Fine Art prints, and I sometimes undertake illustration or Fine Art commissions. For more information please message me by pressing the "Contact" tab at the top of this page.

I'm based in Bristol, and in 2015 I completed an MA in 'Authorial Illustration' at Falmouth University, with Distinction. I graduated with a first class BA Honours in Fine Art and English from Exeter University back in 1999, and since then I've worked as an artist, art teacher, gardener, and youth worker.. 

For me making art is a contemplative practice and so my particular interest in both my teaching and my personal artistic practice is the relationship between mindfulness, spirituality, and creativity. I began meditating in 2003 to help me manage my stress as a teacher in a busy secondary school. From 2010 to 2012 I lived as a member of the Buddhist community at Gaia House in Devon and my meditation practice is very much at the centre of my life.

You can find some of my work for sale in local Bristol venues including The Royal West Academy in Clifton. Just click on my "shop" tab for a full list of outlets, including online.

Teaching and Tutoring:

I love to share my practice and my particular interest is to explore the question "How can art be used as a practice to support mindfulness, creativity and contemplation?"

 I hold regular weekend workshops at Hamilton House in Bristol (under the umbrella of arts organisation www.gosketch.co.uk) which explore ways of meditative and reflective art making. They are suitable for experienced artists and complete beginners alike.

I have a PGCE in Art from Oxford Brookes University and over ten years experience teaching Art at GCSE, A level and Key stage three. For several years I was the Head of Art at Didcot Girls' School, as well as the Fine Art course Leader for A level at Didcot Sixth Forms in Oxfordshire. 

I enjoy helping people to develop their drawing and painting skills, and to find their voice. If you're scared to pick up a pencil or paintbrush but have always longed to, my special interest is in helping you to feel the fear and do it anyway!  

For more information on teaching and links to websites about my classes please go to the "Teaching" tab at the top of this page.