Hello, my name is Emerald

Emerald in a black dress and blue hair sitting in the grass and holding a dahlia bouquet

I am a watercolor painter and bakery enthusiast in Northern California. I use personal symbology to explore themes of vulnerability and strength, as well as the longing to be understood that is deeply embedded in the human experience. Bones, flowers, animals and birds find their way into my work, helping me to weave a narrative around our journeys to become our very best selves.

Color and light play an important role in my work, and there is nothing I love more than building slow washes and glazes with watercolor. My values are rooted in ideas around courage and compassion, and in the importance of a heart well and truly burnished. I like the color in my work to glow, as I think that we do, when we are operating kindly and with radical fucking tenderness.


  • In the Studio

    Find out what's happening in the studio each month

  • Behind the Scenes

    A look behind the scenes at my creative process

  • Sketchbooks and other neat stuff

    Sketchbooks are always fun to look at!

  • August 2022 Patron Art Share

    August features work from Vanessa Lee and khceci

    Pictured above is work by Vanessa Lee

  • September 2022 Patron Art Share

    September features work from Sam Guay, Kyla of Kylulzart, Maria of nnananut, Vanessa Lee, and more.

    Pictured above is work by Sam Guay

  • October 2022 Patron Art Share

    October features work from Jennifer Hrabota-Lesser, Arron Navarro, Vanessa Lee, and Kyla of Kylulzart.

    Pictured above is work by Jennifer Hrabota-Lesser