Emma's forthcoming show here in the Billiard Room (28 Nov - 28 Jan 2017), along side William Plumptre the potter, explores the influence of Japan on her work. 'Most European flower painters began as illustrators who made their subject fit to a rectangular page. Even when easel painting they were equally restrained. Oriental paintings, on the other hand, were neither framed, nor used in books but on screens or scrolls which enabled them to use a very free line. This free line very much appeals to me as it enables me to capture the way in which the plant actually grows'. For further details about the exhibition, including a list of works, please contact me.
Emma Tennant began, aged 5, as a gardener who sometimes painted the radishes and marigolds that she grew in her child-sized plot. Now she is a painter who also gardens. She is largely self-taught. The work of Elizabeth Blackadder has been a great influence. Her flower, fruit and vegetable watercolours on Japanese rice paper combine botanical accuracy with a free and lively line. Rare and exotic plants are cultivated to paint and her exhibition notes about the plants she draws are historical, scholarly and practical.
Emma is also working on an exhibition for the Fine Art Society, London to be shown December 2018 having exhibited her Plants with Provenance oeuvre there in 2015. Emma Tennant at Chatsworth was shown in the New Gallery at Chatsworth in 2013.