Artist Statement

Emma Coghlan is a professional painter and mixed media artist specialising in oil and acrylic abstract art. Originally from the UK, she is now based in the magnificent city of Barcelona where she has her studio. Her style of painting is characterised by the use of thick layers of paint and a palette knife to make her paintings come alive.

Emma found her inspiration in nature from growing up around the wild flowers and picturesque waters of the English Lake District. Today her work reflects this love, bringing flowers, the ocean and nature to the canvas.

Emma received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Visual Communications from Leeds College of Art where she specialised in delivering artistic workshops within the community.


Emma can help you unleash your creativity with her personalized painting workshops! Perfect for bachelorette parties, birthdays, and team building events or simply an opportunity to connect with new people in a creative setting. Step by step, Emma’s expert guidance turns your vision into a masterpiece. In each session, you will learn to master the basics: from layer application and colour mixing to the application of volume through lights and shadows. Book a unique and memorable experience now!

Emma has various pieces for sale on the website or she is happy to work closely with you in creating personalised artwork.



TEFL Teacher – i to i institute | 2012

Leeds College of Art, UK – BA VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS | 2:1 | 2007 – 2010
Cumbria Institute of the Arts, UK – Foundation Course | 2005 – 2007

Employment history and work experience:

Co founded Art & Bites – Barcelona – (2023)
Unique art events where you can learn to paint whilst enjoying some delicious plant-based treats.
For more information follow us @art.and.bites

Teacher – Spain – (2012 – present)
Art and EFL teacher in academies and Schools.

Kids Company – London – (2011)
Organised and coordinated artsitic workshops to disadvantaged and vulnerable young people.

Frinzington Nursery School – Cumbria – (2011)
Organised and coordinated felt workshop projects with pupils aged 3+4.

Street Style Surgery – London – (2010)
Led a street art fashion workshop to socially disadvantaged children with Sissy Rooney.

The Grafton Learning Centre – Leeds – (2010)
Organiser and workshop coordinator of Art workshops for students with special needs, learning disabilities and mental health illnesses aged 14-16 in a specialist inclusive learning centre.

Leeds General Infirmary – Leeds – (2010)
Led an artistic relational workshop with young patients to improve the image of the ‘Learning zone department’.

Hesta Scene? Gallery – Cumbria – (2010)
Organised practical Art workshops working with children aged 5-10.

St James Hospital – Leeds – (2010)
Led artistic workshops with young patients to develop their design skills.

S.t.r.e.t.c.h. Charity – Leeds – (2009)
Led an artistic public interactive workshop to encourage and expose the benefits of gallery and museum education.

Au Pair – Malta – (2009)
Au Pair in Malta, teaching English to Spanish students.

Fellview Primary School – Cumbria – (2009)
Project manager for a communal Art based workshop event.

Whitecote Primary School – Leeds – (2007)
Creator and project manager of a drawing and book making workshop in a nursery.

Work experience – Slovakia – (2005)
Intensive course learning traditional Slovakian Textile tec