Emily Stedman

Shaped by my travels through life in the company of intimacy, death and hope, my painting reflects my experiences as a woman and a voyager. Transparent watercolor is spontaneous and unforgiving. This is a direct metaphor for my own experiences with the evanescence of existence.

I apply paint directly to paper, without mixing beforehand. I allow the colors to mix on the wet paper. The watercolor paint separates into different areas as it dries, creating streams of color. From this running together of the paint, a multi-layered, emotional image appears.

My watercolor and oil paintings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States, including the Brooklyn Museum and Rotunda Gallery in Brooklyn, NY; The Seattle Erotic Art Festival, Seattle, WA; Searles Castle, Great Barrington, MA; Parkersburg Art Center, Parkersburg, W.Virginia; Lana Santarelli Gallery, Southampton, NY; and Contemporary Arts Gallery, New York University.

I was born in New York City, but grew up in suburban New York. When I was a child we lived in Paris. I received a BFA from Illinois Wesleyan In Bloomington, and an MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.