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Emerald Barkley


Hello, my name is Emerald

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.