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 studio is located in Calgary, Alberta. A lifelong fascination with nature informs Bickell's work. Her water paintings float somewhere between realism and abstraction.
Emily exhibits her paintings in Toronto and Whistler, Canada, and also in Switzerland.