Emily Clarke could not imagine doing anything else – painting brings her joy, her subjects are what make her happy, and we are certainly glad this is so. Step back to the glamorous 40’s and 50’s – a time in which women’s fashion and style were the business of the day and the zoot suit set a backdrop to the beauty of the American woman. Clarke’s genius in her work is that she has trademarked her distinctive style from this time past. Emily’s strong use of color and composition speak stylish sophistication. Clarke’s vision and body of work demonstrates Greenville’s rising star. I own an Emily Clarke work and have my eye on the next. Her art is contagious. I think it is Emily Clarke in the painting itself that makes a truly successful artistic connection.
- August Vernon