Emma Burleigh is an award winning comics artist, a painter and an art teacher with a passion for the vibrant, glowing and mercurial qualities of watercolour.
She loves to share her practice and holds regular workshops to explore how art can support mindfulness, insight and well being. The classes focus on the mediums of watercolour painting, art journalling, and comics, zines & graphic narratives.
Emma has self published several zines and illustrated books. Her illustrations and paintings have appeared in a range of publications and galleries including Resurgence and Ecologist magazine, The Strumpet, Contemporary British Painting and the Royal West Academy. She’s also working on her auto-biographical graphic novel about meeting her birth mother who relinquished her for adoption, which won the ‘Laydeez do Comics Women’s Prize for Unpublished Graphic Novels in Progress’ in 2018.
For Emma, painting is a contemplative and intuitive activity informed by her spiritual practice. She began meditating in 2003 to help manage her stress as a young teacher in a busy secondary school and soon became hooked! From 2010 to 2012 she lived as a member of the Buddhist community at Gaia House in Devon and her meditation practice is still at the core of her life. She is a student of internationally respected Insight Meditation teacher, Yanai Postelnik, and was a long term student of Gaia House Resident Teacher, Rob Burbea.
Emma’s publications for Liminal 11: