St. Mary's Art Center | EMMA AURIEMMA-MCKAY

EMMA AURIEMMA-MCKAY / painter / architect

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“Landscapes to me are like human figures and faces in a variety of positions and expressions.  Even though the landscape is an unmoving mass, the ever-changing light quality of the time of day or season changes the character of the scene.   My challenge and goal is to capture that moment that inspires me, to translate and express the experience of the beauty of nature and its structure of what I see and feel.”


Emma is a New Jersey transplant via a 38 year residency in California.  The awesome physical beauty of the basin and range landscapes and extensive sky has been the spark of inspiration to pursue a long time passion of painting.


Enjoying a professional career as an architect, Emma received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design, is a licensed architect, certified interior designer and is LEED accredited.  She has practiced with noted firms in New York, London and Los Angeles and presently has her own architectural practice.


Additional art studies have included: Kean College, NJ; The Institute for American Universities, Avignon, France; Carmel Art Foundation, Carmel, CA;  Mark Farina, Pacific Grove, CA and Erik Holland, Reno, NV, Brian Blood, Pebble Beach,  CA and  Jean LeGassick, Silver City,  NV.