Born in Denver and a third generation native Coloradoan, Ms. Emmons has also lived in Chile, Washington, California, Minnesota and Hawaii. She earned a BFA from CU Denver in 1987, with a second major in geology. Ms. Emmons completed a Master of Fine Art in 2010 from Azusa Pacific University in Los Angeles. Her practice and appreciation of art continues to grow with her study of art history and studio work with internationally acclaimed artists.
Ms. Emmons’ art has been exhibited in Denver, Santa Fe, Los Angeles, Oregon, Massachusetts, Kansas, and a current exhibit in Washington, D.C. Her work is in collections in the US, Switzerland, Algeria, Bosnia, and Chile. She has taught art since 1996 at Red Rocks Community College, Colorado Christian University, and Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. She is also a lecturer and workshop instructor for adult and children’s art programs.
Along with teaching, her work in art is grounded in drawing and painting, primarily in watercolor and egg tempera. This has evolved to incorporate social interaction, performance, and installation. Ms.Emmons’ thesis project, “Incomplete Icons of Personhood,” explores human personhood within the context of relationships and roles in the family, viewed through the ancient visual language and methods of iconography, across cultural and temporal boundaries. This project involved extensive research of changing ideas of beauty and of personhood in the history of Western art. Her studio practice engages contemporary issues in art and society with contemplative tradition.
Ms. Emmons has four children and two young grandsons. She loves good books, nature, gardening, hiking, travelling, and experiencing different cultures. As a child, her life was permanently influenced by a love of beauty and a desire to make images. Art is her first language; sharing this joy with others is a lifelong journey.