Rhona has lived all her life in Bermuda, was educated at Whitney Institute, Mount Saint Agnes Academy and The Bermuda College before completing her studies in Toronto, Canada. She studied graphic arts at Ryerson Polytechnic Institute and graduated from George Brown College of Applied Arts and Technology with a diploma in Graphic Design in 1977.
Returning to Bermuda in 1977, Rhona married photographer and platinum printer, J.A. Mark Emmerson in October of the same year (emmersonofbermuda.com). Together they have three children, Hannah, Gordon and Joshua.
Rhona worked in advertising and had her own studio as a freelance artist until 1982, when she and a partner started Creative Dimensions. As President/Art Director of Creative Dimensions she was responsible for business development, account servicing and full creative direction on all accounts. In 1996, Creative Dimensions bought and merged with Advertising Associates, the oldest and largest full service agency on the Island, and Rhona continues her roll as President and Art Director. The Company now known as AAC Saatchi and Saatchi (www.aac.bm).
Illustration has always been her first love and Rhona has actively continued to paint for both agency projects and galleries in her spare time. Watercolours and now oils are her principle medium, but she has worked in pencil crayon, mixed media acrylics, fabrics with textile paints and dyes and Chinese brush painting. Experimenting and continuing to develop new styles and techniques in her work, the Masterwork show of 2002 showcased acrylic paintings. Subject matter ranges from florals to land and seascapes. She works in bold clear colours and prefers an illustrator’s “relax style” to her work rather than a detailed painting. Plein Air painting Sessions have become a new inspiration for painting.
Face and Body painting has continued to keep her hand well practiced and colours vibrant throughout the past 10 summers at Harbour Nights and other private functions.
Rhona’s work is seen on many souvenir and gift items in local retail stores including china, cutting boards and t-shirts, wall murals, silk scarves, calendars and greeting cards.
Her many paintings are held in private collections in Bermuda, England, Canada and throughout the United States.