Petra Emmanuel has always been a creative soul. From very young, a pencil and paper were her best friends, as she sketched various shapes in black and white. Having spent many days in the art room at Combermere School, quietly engaging the artistic genius of Mr. Karl Broodhagen, she was steadily introduced to the world of colour.
Although she possessed an innate artistic talent, it was never fully explored until well into her adult years. It was the encouragement of her three children which led her into the public domain, to finally let others see the work she had done in the span of over 10 years.
In 2017, she entered the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) for the first time and won a medal for her unusual triangular piece entitled, “Daytime Sail”. The frame was created by this gifted artist, who has since developed a passion for creating unique mixed media pieces, utilising acrylic paint and a variety of materials.
Apart from NIFCA exhibitions, she has had her work displayed at the annual Crop Over Exhibition in the Grand Salle, Central Bank, as well as at group shows held at ArtSplash Art Gallery and the Barbados Arts Council.