Emma Howell


Artist Biography

Through her paintings, Cheltenham-based artist Emma Howell explores and exposes the depths of her psyche. She carefully and creatively nurtures the relationships she has with herself and the world; a world that she had deemed tiresome and melancholic after her father passed away. Along with recent life events and her encounter with grief in 2016, Emma is consistently compelled to build a deeper appreciation and more colourful rapport with her everyday. Now, as she navigates all corners of life, Emma is taking you somewhere she’s been and showing you how she sees it, feels it and hears it. All of her work is dedicated to her Dad, whose loss taught her how to embrace the adventure that life can offer.

Emma lives in the heart of The Cotswolds with her husband Jon and their Golden Retriever, Gibson. She graduated from the University of Gloucestershire with a First Class Honours degree in Fine Art – and has since sold and exhibited work nationally and internationally across Europe, North America, Australia and The Seychelles.

In February 2022, Emma launched her first set of NFTs on OpenSea. View here.

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Emma Howell - abstract artist head shot


Artist Statement

Painting is to provide evidence of living, and a means to unfold new perspectives.

A deep navy hue could be a woeful moment or the colour of a gentleman’s jacket; a wash of pale grey could be a loving conversation or a typical British cloud; an earthy green could be a Cotswold hill or the colour of a weathered road sign; a quick, rough mark could be a moment of frustration or a tyre blow-out on interstate 81..

Through adventure and exploration of the near and afar, my work evolves from journal documentation of colour, texture, sound and conversation. By exerting the mind and body, mixed media is then applied to a surface to expose these perceptions and take you where I’ve been.

Open your mind and take my hand.

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BA Fine Art – First Class Honours

University of Gloucestershire



Soul – Solo Show at Sixteen Gallery, Cheltenham, UK (28th June – 10th July)


Wonder – Selected Group Exhibition at The Sanctuary Gallery, Newnham, UK (8th September – 6th October)


New Terrain – Solo Show at Sixteen Gallery, Cheltenham, UK 

The Landscape – Selected Group Exhibition at Sixteen Gallery, Cheltenham, UK


Fragile Nature – Selected Group Exhibition at Groundwork Gallery, Kings Lynn, UK


Homegrown – Cheltenham, UK / Sponsored by Hobbycraft


ArtVenture Recent Graduates Exhibition, Cirencester, UK

Free Range Art & Design Show, London, UK

University of Gloucestershire Degree Show, Cheltenham, UK

Continuum Show, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, UK


Hans Brinker Budget Trophy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands




Cotswold Painter of the Year 2019 – Nominee

Cotswold Artist of the Year 2019 – Nominee


University of Gloucestershire: Travel Award to Washington, D.C.

University of Gloucestershire: International Exhibition Opportunity in Amsterdam


University of Gloucestershire: PJ Crook Award


Artwork Collections

50 Paintings, 2023

Sevilla, 2023

Snapshots, 2023

seeds, 2023

the lemons series, 2023

TERRAIN, 2022 

Fin, 2021 

Classified, 2021 

Raw Honey Part II, 2021

Café Fiasco, 2021

hike up harp hill, 2021 

The 25 Mountain Project, 2021

Private Reserve, 2021-

four year wild fire, 2020

50 Paintings In 50 Days, 2020

81 Wild, 2020

It’ll Be Alright, 2020

Mountain, 2020

Raw Honey, 2019

The Moon Series, 2019

Some Adventures, 2019

The 1320 Miles Series, 2019

The How Series, 2018

Homegrown, 2018

emma howell in studio workshop

Press, Publications & Features


Architectural Digest – Story – “Tour a Mayfair Pied-à-Terre With a Subtly Fabulous Kitchen

We Heart – Art & Culture – “Cheltenham-based artist Emma Howell is set to bare her Soul at an emotional new exhibition celebrating the liberating potential of art..


‘Wonder’ – an exhibition full of uplifting colour, pattern and mark making by four talented women painters.


BBC – Interview – “My Place: Emma Howell on Cleeve Common

Sculpd – “A Day at the Gallery with Artist Emma Howell

The Lucky Onion – Cotswolds Spy – September 2022

We Heart – Art & Culture – “Emma Howell’s New Terrain sees the young artist’s evolving style reflect her vision of the self..

Anna Eleri Hart – Interiors Blog – “how to find affordable art for your home

Great British Life – Whats On In The Cotswolds, September 2022

Munson Guitars – Blog – “Artist Edition, but not what you think

Widewalls – ‘New Terrain – Solo Show by Emma Howell

Staytripper – ‘New Terrain, A Solo Show by Emma Howell

Visit Cheltenham – ‘New Terrain – A Solo Show by Emma Howell


The Kingfisher Trail – Complete Panel of Artists – Emma Howell

Cotswold Lion Magazine – The Kingfisher Trail Feature – July-December 2021 Issue 45, page 4

Gloucestershire Live – “Stunning kingfisher sculptures flock to Cheltenham auction event

Great British Life – Cotswold Life – “Make your bid to own one of the Cotswold Kingfisher Trail statues


Penny Red Media – Part 6 Small Business Interview Series  – Emma Howell, Cheltenham  

STA Travel – Guest Blog – “An Artist’s Attempt to Creatively and Visually Travel During Lockdown” (publication on hold – COVID)

Cotswold Life Magazine – Artist Feature – June 2020 Issue, page 25

Town & Country Magazine UK – Culture Feature – “Meet the artist taking inspiration from sublime landscapes


Lynn News – “Groundwork artists give message of hope at King’s Lynn exhibition

Groundwork Gallery – “Fragile Nature: Elspeth Owen, Paca Sanchez, Lotte Scott snd Emma Howell

Hobbycraft – Instagram Takeover on Friday 16th August 2019


Hobbycraft – “How to Create a Large Scale Abstract Artwork

Candid Magazine – “Emerging Artists: Emma Howell

Hobbycraft – “Homegrown: An Exhibition of Painted Adventures by Emma Howell

The Local Answer – Artist Feature and Homegrown Promo

We Heart – Arts & Culture –  Emma Howell Interview

University of Gloucestershire Alumni –  Homegrown by Emma Howell Press Release

BBC Radio Gloucestershire – Artist Feature and Homegrown Promo

Hobbycraft – “How to Experiment with Watercolours”

Cotswold Allure Magazine – “5 Best Instagram Accounts To Discover The Cotswolds”

Hobbycraft – Instagram Takeover on Saturday 13th January 2018

Hobbycraft – “Meet the Makers: Catch Up Edition”


Hobbycraft – “Meet The Artist: Emma Howell”

Collaborations & Partnerships


Sculpd – Featured Artist – Abstract Canvas Painting Kit

Munson Guitars – Gaia: Against The Grain, Hand-painted Guitar


Cotswolds National Landscape – The Kingfisher Trail


The Urban Meadow, Cheltenham – Permanent exhibit

Pea Green Physio, Cheltenham – Permanent exhibit


Hobbycraft “Art Sale” backdrop – Nationwide in-store marketing

Notable Collectors

The Boat House Gallery

Fibre Marketing

Clare Elise Interiors

Margaret Byrd

The Drunken Mare

Munson Guitars


The Beetroot Painter

The Mother Cooker