In this episode of Trowels and tribulations I chat to Emily Finch. Emily is an artist that lives in London and uses nature not only to inspire her art work but also as a therapeutic tool for her own wellbeing. We talk about how she is using nature to recover from PTSD, the science behind it, and how you can help with her installation.
Emz is a contemporary artist, living and working from her home studio in South West London. Her work is strongly influenced by nature and the great outdoors, having grown up on a National Trust farm on the Stourhead estate. She has a particular interest in impressionism and likes to make paintings that focus on bold colour and a striking marks. Emz has painted all her life, and after a successful career in the city and then in TV, she took it up professionally after having her daughter in 2017. Since then, Emz has completed a foundation at the London Fine Art Studios, won a scholarship to the Creative Visionary Programme 2019 and sells work online and through First View Gallery in Wiltshire.
Emz has been disabled all her adult life following a failed hip replacement when she was just 18. Painting is has played a huge part in her mental health and acceptance of the disability. It allows her the space to feel herself again and has helped a huge deal to come to terms with life with reduced mobility.