Emily Pettigrew is a representational painter, whose work is distinguished by a sparseness, subtlety, and timelessness, and emanates a quiet reverence for both history and nature. The aesthetics of her narrative acrylic paintings, which often depict single figures and landscapes, were defined by formative years in Maine and refined by study in the New York art scene. Pettigrew explains: “My love for the starkness of the landscape of my childhood, is reflected in a spartanism in my work. My foundational principle of painting, is the removal of excess parts—a paring down to an image’s most beautiful elements.” Pettigrew graduated from Pratt Institute with a B.F.A in Communications Design and a minor in Art History. Her work has received awards and recognition from both American Illustration and the Society of Illustrators including the 2013 Nancy Lee Rhodes Roberts Award.
Her favorite color is green and her favorite number is 6.