Lives in Canberra, Australia.
I am inspired by the magnificence, uniqueness and personality of Australia’s wildlife. I use ink or oil pastel to express the colour, pattern, and texture of fur and feathers while focusing on the animal itself. My aim is to create highly detailed portraits showing the beauty and character of each subject. My close connection to native wildlife through animal rescue and encounters as a wildlife carer have given me a desire to share with the viewer how lucky we are to live in Australia with these remarkable creatures.
2018 (June-July) Sanctuary: A Year at Mulligans Flat, Strathnairn Arts, Canberra
2017 Art of Nature - Wildlife and Botanical Artists Inc., Belconnen Arts Centre, Canberra
2017 Extirpation: Local Extinction, Australian National University, Canberra
2017 Contemporary Art Society of Victoria A4 Art 2017, Herring Island Gallery, South Yarra
2017 Royal Canberra Show, Canberra, Highly Commended award for 'New Holland Honeyeater'
2016 Emerge One, Exhibition Centre, Canberra
2016 Art of Nature - Wildlife and Botanical Artists Inc., Straithnairn Arts, Canberra
2016 Contemporary Art Society of Victoria A4 Art 2016, Herring Island Gallery, South Yarra
2012 Lethbridge 10000 Small Scale Art Prize, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane
2005 Graduating Exhibition, TAFE NSW, West Wollongong
2017 Illustrating insects (9 week course) with Cheryl Hodges, NatureArt Lab, Canberra
2017 Illustrating birds (9 week course) with Peter Marsack, Australian National University, Canberra
2015 Watercolour painting Magpies with Lesley Wallington, Canberra
2015 Watercolour painting Double-Barred Finches with Lesley Wallington, Canberra
2013 Callistemon and Rainbow Lorikeet drawing with Janet Matthews, Canberra Institute of Botanical Art
2005 Certificate IV in Fine Arts, TAFE NSW, West Wollongong
2018 Samaras, Denholm. "Pristine nature inspires art" Canberra Weekly. 5 July 2018
2018 Robinson, Barbie. "Emily Birks - Sanctuary: A Year at Mulligans Flat" Living Arts Canberra. June 2018
2018 "Emily Birks - Sanctuary: A Year at Mulligans Flat" VisArtCBR. June 2018
2017 Nardi, Andrew. “Artist Profile: Emily Birks” BMA Magazine. May/June 2017
Woodlands and Wetlands Trust, Canberra
Private collections in Australia, New Zealand and Canada.