Emily Brantley: Artist's Statement


My paintings are a celebration and exploration of nature with a focus on the ocean. Blessed to be raised with access to the beautiful Pacific Ocean, I loved spotting dolphins and sea lions playing in the surf. My father is very proactive in environmental causes, and taught me about plants and animals, about our delicate ecosystem, and our responsibility to care for our planet. As such, I grew up with a love and respect for nature and the desire to do what I could to share this respect with others. When I began painting in college, I was immediately drawn toward painting animals in their habitats, and especially ocean creatures. Turtles, dolphins, fish, whales, penguins—I paint them gliding free in the ocean. I like to think that each painting is of a moment of encounter; each painting evokes that moment when you come face-to-face with another creature who shares our world, and you look each other in the eye.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art and Art Education
Bachelor of Classical Civilizations                                                                   Loyola Marymount University, 2007


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE                                                                            

SELF-EMPLOYED, Artist                                                                                 October 2013 – Present

  • Design, develop, and deliver art pieces to clients according to specifications

  • Create art in variety of media: acrylic, watercolor, gouache, colored pencil, pen & ink



  • Araby Patch, “North Manhattan Beach Art Walk Shows Off Local Talent,” The Beach Reporter, September 28, 2017

  • Michael Hixon, “Hermosa Beach Artist Collective Finds New Home,” The Beach Reporter, August 29, 2017

  • “Top 10 Must-sees in LA”, Asymmetric Magazine, August 28, 2017

  • Richard Guzman, “South Bay Festival of the Arts ‘surpassed our expectations’,” The Daily Breeze, June 24, 2017

  • Jackie Balestra, “Art at the Harbor,” The South Bay Show (radio), August 31, 2016

  • Daniella Segura, “Hermosa Beach Fine Arts Festival 2016,” The Beach Reporter, June 11, 2016




  • Water & Wood: Resin Gallery, Hermosa Beach, CA


  • Public Art Utility Box: City of Redondo Beach, CA

  • Metlox Outdoor Art Gallery: Manhattan Beach, CA

  • El Segundo Art Walk: El Segundo, CA

  • Southbay Festival of the Arts: Torrance, CA

  • Fiesta de las Artes: Hermosa Beach, CA

  • Symbiosis//A Collaborative Experience: Resin Gallery, Hermosa Beach, CA

  • Art by the Sea: Wayfarer's Chapel, Palos Verdes, CA

  • Coastal California Art Exhibition: RBAG, Redondo Beach, CA

  • Water & Wood: Resin Gallery, Hermosa Beach, CA


  • Art of Winter: Resin Gallery, Hermosa Beach, CA

  • Hermosa Beach Fine Arts Festival: Hermosa Beach, CA (2015-2017)

  • She is Worth the Truth: Resin Gallery, Hermosa Beach, CA

  • Rejoice in Art: Redondo Beach, CA

  • North Manhattan Art Walk: Manhattan Beach, CA

  • Art & Surf (BEST IN SHOW): Resin Gallery, Hermosa Beach, CA

  • El Segundo Art Walk: El Segundo, CA (2015-2017)

  • Human/+Nature: Resin Gallery, Hermosa Beach, CA

  • Water & Wood: Resin Gallery, Hermosa Beach, CA

  • Art After Hours: Torrance, CA



  • The Harmony Show: Hermosa Beach, CA

  • Friends of Mychal’s Benefit Auction: Hawthorne, CA

  • Art & Jazz: Torrance, CA

  • Power of Art: Redondo Beach, CA

  • Art at the Harbor (FEATURED ARTIST): Redondo Beach, CA

  • CA-101: Redondo Beach, CA

  • TEDx Talk “Plan It Earth”: Redondo Beach, CA

  • Nine Books: Redondo Beach, CA



  • Power of Art: Redondo Beach, CA

  • Art Fusion: Hawthorne, CA

  • A Guy Walks into a Bar: Ego Art Gallery, Hermosa Beach, CA


VOLUNTEER in the Arts                                                                                        

  • Public Art Commissioner: Redondo Beach, CA, Term: 2016-2018

  • Social Media Chair: Redondo Beach Art Group, 2016-2018

  • Judge: El Segundo Arts Association, Library Show, June 2017

  • Art at the Harbor: Planning Board Member/Social Media/Graphics, 2016

  • Make-A-Wish: Designed coloring pages for hospitalized children, 2013

  • Live Art Performance: Good Friday & Easter Services, Journey of Faith Church