June Emerson was born in London in 1937. Art, writing and music were favourite subjects at school, but music was the most important. In 1971 she started June Emerson Wind Music, a music publishing and international distribution business specialising in music for wind instruments. Alongside this she is a bassoonist, writes books and articles (mainly travel and music) and has done several broadcasts for the BBC. She has visited Albania often, and when the communist regime fell in 1991 she founded The Albanian Musicians Trust to help musicians who were suffering hardship.
In the 1980s through friendship with an artistic family (Trevelyan/Fedden) her interest in art was reawakened and greatly broadened. In 1998 she went on an intensive two-week course at The Painting School of Montmiral in France, and the tutor Francis Pratt made her feel that she had some potential. From 1999-2001 she did a Foundation Course in Art and Design, and in 2005 completed a two-year HNC Fine Art course at York College, with Valerie Bestwick. She is beginning to sell work in Yorkshire galleries and had her first solo exhibition at the Helmsley Arts Centre during November – December 2005. Since then she has shown at the Zillah Bell Gallery in Thirsk, Saltbox Gallery in Helmsley and Ferens Gallery in Hull. Another solo exhibition at the Helmsley Arts Centre formed part of the Ryedale Festival in 2008. In 2010 she was Guest Artist at the Blandscliff Gallery, Scarborough. November 2011 saw another successful solo exhibition at the Helmsley Arts Centre. In 2012 ‘Break Dance’ was chosen for the Ryedale Festival programme image.
“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. I love surprises..”