Emma Fern Curtis (b. 1991) was born and raised in Washington state, USA. She received her BA in Fine Arts, with a concentration in oil painting, from Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, MI. After graduating in 2012 she began the three-year intensive program at Georgetown Atelier, studying classical drawing and oil painting with the renowned educator and painter, Tenaya Sims. After completing the program she worked at Georgetown Atelier for two years as the Administrator/Development Director. Since then she has spent much of her time living and traveling abroad, drawing inspiration from the varied cultures and landscapes she has had the opportunity to experience.
Emma is the first artist in residence of Sagarmatha Next and Denali Foundation. She stayed with us during the Spring 2022 and developed various oil paints using the landscape and local architecture as inspiration. During her residency, Emma visited local schools to teach basic colour theory and drawing technique to the children and provided them with art supplies.
Her art is on display at the Denali Schmidt Art Gallery at Sagarmatha Next during the 2022 fall trekking season.