Emily Bickell grew up in Whitby, on the shore of Lake Ontario, Canada. In 1998 she received an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts, with a studio specialization in painting and printmaking, from the University of Waterloo's Fine Arts program. Her current studio is located in Stouffville, Ontario. A lifelong fascination with nature informs Bickell's work. Her water paintings float somewhere between realism and abstraction. The beauty of Nymphaea, with their inner light contrasting against dark and mysterious water, inspires her paintings of water lilies.
Emily exhibits her paintings in southern Ontario (primarily Toronto), Canada, and also in Switzerland.