About


Emma Ashby lives in Portsmouth NH where she works as an artist and encaustic instructor. Her work has been exhibited in multiple juried shows, solo and group shows and commissioned for both private and public spaces. She was nominated for the 2011 and 2015 Seacoast “Spotlight Award” for her work, and won the “Best of Show” award in Gallery at 100 Market in August 2014.

Emma’s encaustic paintings are recognizable for their color, use of textiles and sometimes sculptural forms that are inspired by the beauty of the natural world. “To say Emma Ashby’s encaustic works are anything but extraordinary would be an understatement. Bursting with life and vitality, her work practically grows off the surface in a multicolored explosion of color, vibrancy and texture. The depth and almost ‘eatability’ of some of her creations is a real feast for the eye” Gary Reef, Loving Mixed Media, April 2012

"Her work is a clear reflection of her love of the medium, textiles and color. Colors explode from each work, coating background and foreground with some textural elements standing many inches off the base surface" Vandy Duffy, The Portsmouth Herald, February 2014

Emma has a Masters Degree from the Royal College of Art in London and worked for several years as a textile designer in the British Fashion Industry. She is a member of the New Hampshire Art Association.

Her work can be found at Nahcotta Gallery in Portsmouth, NH, Bowersock Gallery in Provincetown, MA, and Summer House Furnishings, Rye, NH.

Artist Statement

I am continually inspired by the endless discovery of colors, texture and pattern in the fabric of Creation; the growth and decay, the ebb and flow, the beauty and fragility of life. 

It explains my passion for encaustic – the fluidity of the medium and the fusion of layers, concealing and revealing hidden colors and pattern. I'm also intrigued by the marriage of fabric and wax, and currently with clay and wax. It’s with these raw materials that I create what I’m seeing, or rather experiencing - extracting and encapsulating the essence and emotion of my subject, making the invisible visible.