Emily was born and raised in Hawai'i, but as a young child also lived on the mainland and Italy for a short time. She graduated from Punahou and received her BA in Fine Arts, University of Colorado, Boulder. After college she began a working career in the jewelry industry for over 20 years. Even dabbling in fine jewelry design that helped the company she was working for earn 2 JCK awards.

She moved back home to Hawai'i in 2010 and after several years as one of the leaders in the Hawai'i Retail industry, Emily returned to her love of painting. She began selling her work through small art shows and through word of mouth where she established a local following.

Her love for the islands and especially the ocean, is where she is most clear, most at peace and centered. She is continuously influenced by the beauty that surrounds her, from the breathtaking beaches to the smallest details in Hawaiian shells. Her art reflects that love and wanting to share a little part of her world with you.