Emily Sullivan grew up in Cincinnati, OH and attended Xavier University for her BFA in Painting, Drawing, and Art Education. She is pursuing an MFA in Painting at Colorado State University and lives in Fort Collins, CO.

Sullivan has always been deeply inspired by the landscape. This manifested as traditional, Hudson River School inspired landscape in her early work. Her study of these painters led her to try plein air painting, which is still part of her summer practice. Her studio paintings have since evolved to emotive paintings about space.