Emma Grzonkowski was brought up in a beautiful part of Cheshire where she spent hours endlessly lost in her own playful imagination, drawing and painting from ‘as young as she can remember being able to hold a pencil ’ Emma states. It was clear to Emma’s mother and father that she had a natural talent for art and it was something which was part of her ‘being’ and this need for her to create was always within her. They encouraged her to harness this love for art and her father, in particular, played a pivotal role, being creative himself encouraging Emma to thrive with her noticeably creative talents. ‘I used to find myself doodling in my class books without me even realising and before I knew it I was being asked a question and I had no idea what was going on’ Emma completed secondary school with the highest grade possible for Art and then went on to pursue Art and Design at Sir John Deans College, then study Fine Art and Graphic Design at The University of Chester. She was taught various techniques which allowed her to grow as a young artist with knowledge from studying the Great Masters of art such as Francis Bacon and Rembrandt among others. Within the second year at university disaster struck when tragically she lost her boyfriend in a car accident. In absolute devastation, Emma turned to the only thing she felt would help to take away the pain, which was painting.
She found her self putting all of her emotions into her artwork as a form of release and she would spend endless hours in the studio pouring her soul onto the canvas. From this terrible tragedy, she had now found her expressive style which she still uses today. She started to use herself within her work, painting self-portraits, which were often very raw and dark and which ran in parallel to her emotions.Determined to finish her degree and to make her late boyfriend proud, Emma ploughed on and created a body of work which was uniquely soulful and authentic. It was at this time that she decided that she wanted to be a professional artist, which was the defining moment of things to follow securing a contract with Washington Green Fine Art Label the largest art publisher in Europe, exhibiting across the UK, gaining many followers and collectors who seemed to connect to Emma's work on an emotional level.In July 2019 Emma began her journey working independently for the first time away from a publisher since she was 21. This was a brave move for Emma but she felt it was essential move to make in order to grow as an artist. 2020 has not only seen the release of her on collections, but the Exclusive Release for Portfolio Fine Art with the Rainbow Collection, limited edition on glass and hand embellished by Emma herself with exceptionally low edition sizes.