Emma Howell


Artist Biography

Through her paintings, British abstract artist Emma Howell explores and reveals new methods of sensation and perception. She’s nurturing a new relationship with the world; a world that – after her father’s death – she had deemed tiresome and melancholic. Emma’s encounter with grief compelled her to build a deeper appreciation and more colourful affinity towards nature, society and culture. Now, as an active adventurer and explorer, 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 boyfriend 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.

As an emotive and spontaneous response to the UK lockdown during the Coronavirus pandemic, Emma released It’ll Be Alright: an extensive collection of soft pastel works on paper. 

On July 18th, Emma released 81 Wild; a 50-piece sell-out collection that puts a romantic spotlight on the geography and landscape of the United States. With help from her American collectors and watchers, she evolved a large body of work where each piece represents one state.

Emma is now working on her 50 Paintings In 50 Days series and also four year wild fire, an eclectic collection of abstract translations scheduled to launch in October 2020.

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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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Curriculum Vitae



BA Fine Art – First Class Honours

University of Gloucestershire



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

four year wild fire (in progress), 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

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Publications & Features


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


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