So who am I ....

I am Nottingham based, self taught animal artist Emma Culling. Welcome to my website.

AND HOW DID I GET HERE

I studied art during my school years, but found the set content to be less than inspiring and did not take it any further. During the following years with animals as my subject, my artistic interest was reawakened.

Useful advice, tips and support from many avenues, including fellow artists helped me to develop and experiment with my creations. Eventually I found a style of my own and continued to create. After some time completing portraits for friends a family, I decided to cast my net wider and advertised, created a website and spent time at craft fairs and took part in my first exhibition.

While the majority of my work has been pet based, I have recently expanded my work to include mixed compositions. I like to follow an idea from concept to finished work, so it says something or makes your think. These works will be posted in the Gallery section when completed.

What do I use ...

While experimenting with various mediums, I discovered Pastel, via tinted charcoal. With the use of coloured paper, it's amazing the images that can come through. I now use soft pastel as the colour painting option for all my work. There is a depth and a warmth I've not found with other mediums and pastel has a wonderful blending tonal quality.

The other option I use is Graphite. There are such tonal qualities to be found in what is fundamentally one original colour. Yet blend this through soft and hard edges, using the whole range through to pure graphite and a portrait with an atmosphere all it's own can be created.

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