About the artist

Emily Newman was born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1981. She resided in Florida and Louisiana before returning to Tennessee, her native state. Emily’s interest in music and art started early at the age of two. She plays piano, guitar, sings, and has a love for photography, but the brush prevailed in the end. She focuses primarily with oils on canvas and uses a combination of loose brushstrokes and palette knives achieving a textured, abstract expression that is uniquely her own. She paints a wide variety of subjects such as landscapes, blossoms, birch trees, Appalachian songbirds, and her favorite members of the animal kingdom. 

While residing in New Orleans, she was the winner of the 2011 “Save the Cemeteries” international photography competition, an event that raises the awareness of blighted cemeteries around the world. In 2019, she began working with Cityscape, a non-profit organization to paint “Cream City,” a historical structure in Cookeville, Tennessee. The painting provided the imagery for a fundraiser dedicated to the preservation of the historical landmark. 

 She is currently the host of “The Scene,” a radio show that broadcasts every Sunday morning in The Upper Cumberland at 9 am on literock 95.9 FM. The Scene promotes the discovery of artists from the Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee.

When she is not painting, she spends her free time hiking, meditating, practicing yoga, and spending time with her three sons, husband, and three dogs in the hills of Tennessee.



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