In keeping with fragrance theme, Gemma painted the Master Perfumer,
Emma J. Leah, for the 2016 Archibald Prize.
Emma J. Leah, also known as Amelina, is a world-class niche perfumer who specialises in individual bespoke fragrance creation, brand perfume formula design and the history of scent. Emma is one of a limited number of female independent Perfumers in the world, who can approach so many aspects of her field.
Gemma said from their first meeting they shared a similar concept for the portrait.
“We looked to the glamour and intoxication of perfume and set about creating a dreamy vintage-inspired Hollywood composition. We were on the same page from our first meeting at her Perfume House and had fun undertaking a photo shoot".
“There has been a wonderful synergy, we are both determined, self made women with a lust for life. We adore fashion, enjoy a champagne and embrace joy and laughter but when it comes down to it we are both independent women who have honed our crafts and are fascinated by perfume.”