Emily McPeek grew up in Los Angeles and now works in San Jose in primarily oil paints and watercolors. She received her BA at USC, and had the honor of working as an artist assistant for her instructor Kristin Calabrese. She helped expedite various paintings for a pending show, including her painting Art as Bandaid. At USC Emily also won first place for the Arts in Action: Momentum award sponsored by Volkswagen. The winning piece Women Praying was displayed in the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. The Kennedy Center later requested two more paintings to show in the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 2017, she received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and continues to work and exhibit in the bay area.