Or maybe that should be my artist name is Emerald Dunne because I’m really an Emily. But I plundered the family vaults and pinched Granny Dunne’s name. I may well have been Emerald Jordan if I’d used my other grandmother’s maiden name. Emerald? Well, I do have a thing for green dresses!
For many years I lived quite happily in London until crowded tubes and packed streets got too much. I longed to be close to the Scottish beaches where I grew up. I settled for a new life Glasgow fairly close to North Berwick where I started off in life (and which inspires many of my seascapes). And more importantly where my wonderful other half is.
The sea air set me up for a healthy childhood where I climbed rocks and swam in the sea. Good health has followed me into adulthood and it wasn’t till my forties that anything particularly unpleasant happened. Since the big 4-0 I’ve crashed my bicycle in London (thanks to a man in a van who then drove off), cut the tendon in my left hand (making a stained glass panel), broken my collarbone (cycling in Scotland) and had surgery on my vocal chords.
But I’ve also lived in Japan, gotten pretty good at yoga, developed a healthy creative career and found love.
My background is in stained glass and I’m a prolific painter of bright and bold abstract art. I enjoy the mood-altering effect that vibrant colours can have on the emotions. And on an outfit, a window, a spring day and a room.
For me, the reason behind a painting is often simply because of a wonderful sunset on the beach. I love the sea and in Britain we’re never more than a matter of hours from the coast. Therefore seascapes are a favourite topic. I’ve also spent considerable time in Japan, another island nation. The clarity and simplicity of much traditional Japanese art, along with an interest in the moon and the sea, has taken root in my work.
Japan offered much in the way of inspiration: The bright colours of the spring cherry blossom and autumn leaves, the kimonos and obis of the annual coming-of-age ceremonies, the fluttering paper fish of children’s day. Not to mention the stunning Japanese chiyogami paper that’s made its way into my work.