Emma Howell

Before The Smoke Clears


An original painting from the four year wild fire collection.

2B and B pencil on paper, 8″ x 10″, 2020.



Like a blanket of fog. 

Like the thickest smoke. 

It obscures my vision. 

It chokes my airway. 

It makes it impossible to breathe. 

My mind races. 

My chest tightens. 

I reach out but I can’t find the way. 

I call out but my voice is swallowed up. 

My hands fumble around but never come to rest on you. 

This silence contains all the words between us. 

It hold all of the feelings I have for you

They hang suspended between us in the void. 

I can’t see the feelings you had for me any more. 

I can’t feel your presence near me any more.


Unframed – If you would like this artwork fitted into a bespoke wooden frame (natural bare oak, dark stained oak, plain white or plain black), please specify on the checkout page or send me an email after your purchase.

An additional £35 for the frame + an extra shipping cost will be invoiced to you separately.


SKU: EH2020-99 Category: