Emily Smith-Polyblank

Emily studied Fine Art at Farnham College of Art and before that did a pre-foundation at Maidstone College of Art.

Emily's main form of work has been using woodcut and lino printing. The wood grain has a lovely natural texture of its own, which can control the images and also adds to them. Inspiration comes from her surroundings - her mother owns a smallholding with lots of animals in the countryside on the North Downs of Kent which is where she grew up. Due to both her parents being artists, she was encouraged at an early age to sketch from life.

Emily now works from her father's old studio. He studied at the Royal Academy and was an excellent portrait and landscape painter until his early death in 1988.

In the past, she has exhibited her work successfully, both locally and elsewhere: Mall Galleries, Chaple Gallery, Devon and also at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions.