Emily, a second-generation Californian, was born in San Diego and lives near Pasadena. She earned her Bachelor of Architecture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. After working abroad, she returned to California and currently practices experiential design in Los Angeles.  Her painting reflects a general optimism and is inspired by the work of twentieth century figurative expressionists like Fairfield Porter and Richard Diebenkorn, as well as realist Edward Hopper.