Emma Howell

Some Like It Chaotic


An original painting from the four year wild fire collection.

Acrylic, oil and pencil on paper, 8″ x 10″, 2020.




He was new today—

then again, it seems they always are.

Clipboards sent to test me;

one by one, they come—they go.

By now Im well rehearsed,

questions all too familiar

pain set to repeat;

endless scratching underneath.


Chest open

I peeled away the mask

and offered up my soul

in all its agonising scrutiny. 

He pulled from me—

line by line, scar by scar.

Each character in all its parts;

chaotic and confused.


How to do it again.

Another stranger; so rarely a friend.”


“I’m in love with two men at once, it’s tearing me apart. One is twice my age and makes me feel the passion and the need and the excitement of my life. One is just a few years older and makes me feel safe and loved and homely. I don’t know how to choose.”


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: EH2020-100 Category: