Emma Burleigh

Emma Burleigh is an artist and art tutor with a passion for the vibrant, glowing and mercurial qualities of watercolour. She is the creator of two published course books: Soul Colour, a ten week watercolour course to cultivate creativity and mindfulness, and Earth Colour, an 8 week mixed media course to enhance nature-connection. Both are published by Liminal 11 in the UK and Union Square & Co. in the USA & Canada.

She is currently completing 'My Other Mother' an 'autobiofictional' graphic novel, working mainly in watercolour. The work will be published by Liminal 11 in 2024. She is also developing various commissioned and personal illustration & painting projects. She loves to makes zines and comics, illustrate books, and create larger scale watercolour paintings. Over the last few years she has collaborated on several illustrated poetry publications with the former Derbyshire Poet Laureate, River Wolton, exploring themes of mindfulness and Buddhist 'dharma' practice. The most recent are 'Year', published by The Poetry Business, and ‘The Subtle Art of Caring’ published by Windhorse.Emma graduated with a First Class BA Honours in Fine Art & English from Exeter University in 1999, and went on to complete a PGCE in Art & Design at Oxford Brookes in 2003. Until 2010 she was the Head of Art at Didcot Girls' School, a comprehensive school in Oxfordshire.In 2014 Emma completed an MA in 'Authorial Illustration' at Falmouth University, with Distinction.For Emma, making art is a contemplative practice and she has been consciously exploring the relationship between meditative awareness and creativity in her teaching and her own work since 2014. She started meditating in 2003 to help her manage her stress as a busy school teacher, and from 2010 to 2012 she lived as a member of the community at Gaia House, a meditation centre in Devon. Her meditative and artistic practices fuse at the heart of her life and work.

For more information, please visit: emmaburleigh.com