Emily Clarke McKinney lives in Greenville, SC, and has exhibited her paintings and multimedia pieces across the southeast. She was named the the Best Local Visual Artist in the Upstate in 2015 by the readers of the Greenville News. When she is not painting, she teaches Ceramics and Art I at Mauldin High School. She received her BA from Furman University, and her MS in Art Therapy from Eastern Virginia Medical School. She and her husband, Merritt, spend all of their free time catering to the needs of their Boston Terrier, Beefy.