Responsiveness to the unique qualities of each wonderful human face has been the goal of the best of portrait painters from the Renaissance on, and it is certainly the aim of Elizabeth "Emmy" Bronson. "Whether child or adult," she says, "I see each sitter as the subject of a celebration, a celebration of both that unique person and the single, unchanging moment they occupy."
Portraiture comes naturally to Emmy. "An incorrigible artist" from childhood on, she actually began her career at twenty, retouching photographs for a portrait photographer, a valuable hands on experience, which few others endure.
But painting was her passion and recognition of her talent came fairly soon. To her innate ability and fundamental knowledge of the human features, she added training under some of the worlds leading art teachers, among them Bert Silverman, Daniel Greene, John R. Young -- and she would also work for many years along side her husband Ernest Albert Land, Fellow in the Royal Society of Art.
A heady resume, but for twenty-four years Emmy has, as well, been the sought after teacher of others. Drawing, painting, art history and appreciation -- on both a local and national level she's taught thousands -- from Trainees at the Montessori Institute in Washington, D.C. to the numerous followers of Julia Cameron's The Artist Way. "Students," she says, "are sometimes the best of teachers. You quickly learn there's always more to learn."
And in addition to being a winner in numerous national and international shows, Emmy Bronson was a copyist at the National Gallery, a member of the Portraits Society of America, the American Society of Marine Artists, and a past Art Chairman of the National League of American Pen Women.
Portraits? "I look for freshness, for a classical clarity, but I still admit to being a romantic at heart. A child of six or a businessman of sixty, 1 want the portrait to be more than a likeness and try, always, to glimpse beneath the surface and create a persuasive and yet comfortable image."