EM (Em) Beck grew up in Michigan and studied Management Information Systems at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.
After realizing that a career in technology wasn't for her, she decided to go figure out what she truly wanted, and found her way back to the art she'd loved as a child. She's audited classes at the Mass College of Art, attended workshops, online classes and lectures to enhance her art education.
She decided to open Rains on the Plain to sell Fine art prints and paintings in 2009. After an extended hiatus for a chaotic life, Rains on the Plain reopened in 2012 with a store on the popular art website Society6. Since then it has expanded to include fabric, paintings and photographic tools.
Before focusing on art, she worked in Administrative, Payroll and Human Resources positions, none of which were very interesting. Prior to that, she served two years in Americorps National Service as a volunteer.
Her photographic work was displayed at Karlsson Fine Art in Avon, CT from September 2009 - March 2010, when the gallery closed. Since then, her paintings and prints have found homes in many private collections and through her store have found their way onto iPhone cases and laptop skins. Besides working in photography, she enjoys making digital art renderings of space and nebulae, painting in various mediums (mainly pastel and watercolor) and writing.
She shoots on a Canon EOS Rebel T3 currently, but older work was done with a Pentax K100D. She also uses film on occasion, preferring the Holga and lomography cameras. For software, Em uses Adobe Creative Suite CC, Lightroom 5, Manga Studio and procreate on her iPad.
Her first children's story, THE FOUR SKILLED SISTERS, a retelling of a classic fairy tale to be more inclusive, was published by Eggplant Productions in 2014 in the anthology Spellbound and Spindles. A second story, a short speculative fiction tale will be published by Devilfish Review in December 2015.
Em proudly holds memberships in the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), Grub Street and several local arts organizations.
She spends her off time with her husband, running, crocheting, reading and playing video games.