Emily was born and raised in the mountains of New Mexico.  She vividly remembers, at a very young age, creating abstract colored chalk designs on a child-sized chalkboard wiping away the organic design as soon as it was finished, only to begin again immediately.  Emily attributes her love for artistic skill to her mother who taught her to color in the lines before she was old enough to attend school.
Working as a junior high art instructor for three years pushed Emily to grow technically and creatively.  For her, creating art is not simply a way of making money, but rather a fulfillment of her divine purpose on this earth.  She loves art because "it is about people, it is about life."   
Emily has been blessed to travel to Europe, Africa, South America, and Asia.  Experiences from her travels continue to redefine her world view, thus influencing her art.  
Emily and her husband, Jeff Hood,  reside in Denton, Texas with their twin sons.  There, she is working as a Teaching Fellow at the University of North as she pursues a PhD in art education.  


"Even the sparrow has found a home, 

       and the swallow a nest for herself, 

       where she may have her young— 

       a place near your altar, 

       O LORD Almighty, my King and my God." 

 Psalm 84:3