June Emerson has been a musician for most of her life, but a fascination with painting was awakened in the 1980s. Since then she has studied at the York College of Art and has had many solo and combined exhibitions. Her work is almost entirely abstract, and is full of colour and movement. Each work is totally unplanned, because she likes surprises.

“I want my work to express the richness and excitement that I find in life. From a chance beginning: a shape, a gesture, splash or trickle, I explore and develop it, using colour and texture, until it becomes something that I had never thought of before.”

‘Colour in a painting is like enthusiasm in life.’ – Vincent Van Gogh

‘I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew.’ – Robert Frost