Emily Buchanan was born in Beverly Farms, Massachusetts. She began painting as a child with her grandmother, Eloise Gardner on the North shore of Boston. Emily attended Middlesex School, and Bates College. She later studied painting at Lyme Academy, The National Academy of Art, and with the Boston school painter Paul Ingbretson.
Buchanan works primarily around her native New England when weather permits, painting regularly in Northeast Harbor, Maine, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Squam Lake in NH, and the Adirondacks. In winter, she paints in Palm Beach, FL, Malibu, CA, and the Bahamas.
Buchanan did the painting for the official 2014 White House Holiday card, and Architectural Digest called it "exquisitely rendered". Main Street magazine said that "she is one of those rare breed of artists who truly speak in a visual language taken directly from life".
Perhaps the most meaningful quote, however, was from Quest magazine. Quest said that "her paintings bring all of those wonderful places, and the emotions that they evoke, to those who can't be there".
She is represented by Mark Murray Fine art in NY, NY, as well as other galleries on the East Coast, and by the Princess Street gallery on Harbour Island in the Bahamas. Her work is widely collected in private and corporate collections.