Emily Halpern was born in Kentucky to a Swedish mother and an American father. When she was five, her family moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, where her parents became university professors. Tall and athletic, she won Kodak All-American basketball honors at Simon Fraser University, while concurrently playing on the Canadian national team. Following graduation, she played professionally in Germany, Australia and Switzerland. Following basketball, Emily pursued her long—time interest in art, earning a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and an MFA from San Diego State University, where her work received the Presidential Purchase Award, the Arts and Letters Deans Purchase Prize, the Liberty Station Fellowship and other accolades. Emily now paints in Los Angeles at The Brewery. Her work has been shown in Manhattan, the Hamptons, Los Angeles, San Diego, Miami, Seattle and Vancouver.