Collection: Emily J Clark

Self-expressionism through the medium of paint becomes ,sooner or later, little less than a marriage. The inmost need to create and explore becomes one with the extraordinary ( sublime ) world outside. So I am madly in love. With colour, form, shape, light and everything always changing, always new.

The affair began when I was very young. I can remember one of my first " Masterpieces"-the painter must have been about 6 or 7.It was titled "Rain". No doubt it is somewhere up in the loft, still plummeting in the dark.

For the last 2 decades I have been practising in North Devon. What could be more inspiring than the Atlantic coast, the wild moorlands, the hills and valleys-yes they should and sing-and the vast, tree-strewn sky-lines? Nature is ever on the loose. I paint like that. In my own way and time.

Finally of course it all comes down to the eye of the beholder. I hope you can see some of the things I can and a lot more which I cannot.


After a year Foundation Course at Ravensbourne School of Art, I completed BA in Fine Art at Winchester. A year later I went to KIAD ( the Kent Institute of Art and Design ) for an MA. My subject was The Scots Pine. which is the most beautiful tree in the world in case you do not know. Amongst other things, this took me on exhilarating ventures to Scotland, filming the Great Black Wood of Rannoch and other corners of Caledonian wilderness. After that it was back to painting proper. I had exhibitions in London, Canterbury and Exeter. By this time I had moved from East to West and my life in Art was established.

In recent years I have also started teaching, helping groups of Adults better understand the world of paint-pigments, media, techniques, artists. "Abstract Expressionalism" has  never been an easy form in North Devon, but once eyes and ears are open, WOW.

And I can not end without mentioning " Castle Hill Creatives", an assemblage of the very best of professional local talent which I help found in my town of Torrington during lockdown. We now put on at least 2 shows a year with a fast expanding reputation and big ambitions.

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