Curriculum vitae

Born 1982.

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.