Emily Florence was born in 1947 in Magna, Utah, a small copper mining town. At 20 she relocated to Miami Beach and then to New York City where she raised her two children. As her children and her career as a paralegal flourished, she found more time to devote to her art. In 2005 she was suddenly stricken with Myalgic Encephelomyelitis known in the U.S. as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, ending her legal career and prompting her relocation to Northern California where her son and grandson live. Her art became her solace. After suffering a heart attack in 2013 which required a stent and receiving much needed medical help for her ME/CFS, her health began to improve. She began to show her art, exploring abstract watercolors, abstract acrylics and the sublime processes of fluid art and monoprinting. In the following years, she participated in twenty-two art events and is now very involved in the Sonoma County art scene.


  • Utah State University, Logan, Utah, 1965 to 1967

  • Art Students League, New York, 1990 to 1992

  • Nassau Community College, New York, 1992 to 1994


  • Harvest Fair Group Show, Santa Rosa Fairgrounds, October 2014

  • Small Works Group Show, Prince Gallery, December 2014

  • Featured Artist, ezine Artists Culture, February 2015

  • Petaluma Arts Association Annual Library Show, March 2015

  • Solo Exhibition, Gaia’s Garden, Santa Rosa, April - May 2015

  • Open Studios Tour, Petaluma Arts Association, Petaluma, May 2015

  • Glow Show, ARTescape, Sonoma, June 2015

  • Solo Exhibition, Simons Gallery, Santa Rosa, December 2015 - March 2016

  • Solo Exhibition, Gaia’s Garden, Santa Rosa, July - August 2016

  • Solo Exhibition, Coffee Bazaar, Guerneville, August 2016

  • Flight Group Show, Chroma Gallery, Santa Rosa, September 2016

  • Santa Rosa Art Guild Show, Rohnert Park Community Center, October 2017

  • Santa Rosa Art Guild Show, Gaia’s Garden, Santa Rosa, September - October 2017

  • Healing By Art, Santa Rosa Arts Center, Santa Rosa, February - March 2018

  • Member Show, Santa Rosa Arts Center, Santa Rosa, May 2018

  • Landscape and Memories, Santa Rosa Arts Center, Santa Rosa, June - July 2018

  • The Controlled Accident, Santa Rosa Arts Center, Santa Rosa, August - Sept. 2018

  • Group Exhibition, Made Local Marketplace, Santa Rosa, February 2018 to Present

  • Santa Rosa Art Guild Group Show, Gaia’s Garden, Santa Rosa, Sept. - Oct. 2018

  • Small Works, Santa Rosa Arts Center, Santa Rosa, December - January 2018

  • Nirvana, Solo Show, The Spinster Sisters, Santa Rosa, February - April 2019

  • Healing the Environment, Santa Rosa Arts Center, Santa Rosa, February - March 2019

  • Santa Rosa Arts Center Members Show, Santa Rosa, April 2019

  • Cunningham, Horan and Studio Firenze, Aqus Cafe, Petaluma, April 15 - July 15, 2019

  • A Day in the Life, Santa Rosa Arts Center, June 7 - July 26, 2019

  • The Pale Room of my Past, Person Senior Wing, Santa Rosa, July 22 - August 30, 2019


  • Founding Member, Amphora Art Group, 2015 to Present

  • Member, Santa Rosa Art Guild, 2016 to Present

  • Advisory Board, Santa Rosa Arts Center, February 2018 to Present