The much loved matriarch of the Atkins family passed away recently and we wanted to acknowledge the wonderful love and support she gave to keeping the family so close. Emily also allowed the business to grow sometimes at the expense of family time.
Emily was the Atkins company’s (Wm. G Atkins Pty Ltd) first employee. She was our hand colourist and calligrapher. Before colour printing, an artist like Emily would bring colour to photographs with their hands, paint and a brush. In the 1970s, Emily also pioneered the stripping of photographic emulsion to fuse to canvas to create a painting like photograph.
Emily’s son John and daughter-in-law Marilyn are active in the business, and her Grandson Paul is the current Managing Director.