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A professional artist, whose commissioned work is highly regarded, Emma Rhodes has exhibited widely in both personal and prestigious open exhibitions in London including the FBA (Federation of British Artists) Hesketh Hubbard Society at the Mall Galleries;   the Society of Women Artists, Westminster Hall; the Dover Street Arts Club, Green Park; St Martins in the Field, Trafalgar Square; the Sheridan Russell Gallery, nr Baker Street; Gallery 47, Great Russell Street.  She has also been involved in the Brighton Festival as an exhibiting artist as well as number of galleries throughout the country.

From a very young age Emma showed a deep interest in all aspects of art and a distinct talent for the subject.  She has worked towards her goal of creating a personal visual language with the guidance of other professional artists.  Anne Everette’s egg tempera painting tuition at the National Portrait Gallery inspired her to develop her skills in portraiture.  Jenny Brookes, an accomplished miniaturist, encouraged Emma’s pencil work.  The use of light that brings life to the works of Ken Howard (RA) and his kind words following a stay at his Venetian apartment, have influenced Emma’s approach to her work. As Emma has said “When someone you really respect says a few words of encouragement it makes you feel like you can fly.”  

Like the artists she admires so much she tries to strike a balance between delicate imagery and bold colours while maintaining a level of graphic accuracy.  David Hockney at his talk at the Royal Institute said “To be a great artist you need an eye, a hand and a heart.  Two out of three won’t do.”, which are sentiments that influence her work. 

Emma has been an expert guest on BBC Three Counties Radio show “The House That Gill Built”.  She and her mother, Margaret Rhodes, have both been featured in Artist and Illustrator Magazine (UK). 

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