Emma Burleigh is an artist-teacher with a passion for the vibrant, glowing and mercurial qualities of watercolour. She is currently painting an 'autobiofictional' graphic novel in watercolour, alongside developing some smaller collaborative, commissioned and personal projects. She makes zines, artist's books, visual short stories, paintings and prints. Stories and myths often inform her work and she has studied traditional narrative based paintings such as Mughal miniatures for their inventive compositions, jewel like colours and quirky details. Much of her work is inspired by the beauty of the natural world, and some of her work draws on dreams, demons and a desire to let the darkness become visible.
Emma graduated with a first class BA Honours in Fine Art and English from Exeter University in 1999, and went on to complete a PGCE in Art and Design in 2003. Until 2010 she was the Head of Art at Didcot Girls' School, a large comprehensive 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 began consciously exploring the relationship between meditative awareness and creativity in her teaching and her own work several years ago. 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 spiritual community at Gaia House, a large meditation centre in Devon. Her meditative and artistic practices fuse at the heart of her life and work.
For more information, please visit: http://www.emmaburleigh.com/