Lincoln Knights’ Trail artist passes away after long battle with cancer

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A local artist who designed and painted one of the sculptures for the Lincoln Knights’ Trail has sadly lost her battle with cancer.

Emma McKinlay, who painted ‘The Guardian of the Forest’ knight, lost her battle with blood cancer on September 3, the last day of the Knights’ Trail.

Photo: Sarah Barker for The Lincolnite

Despite being diagnosed with blood cancer, and going through a stem cell transplant, Emma continuously worked on her knight to ensure it was completed on time.

Back in January, Emma told The Lincolnite that her studies in the History of Art inspired her artwork and her inspiration for her design came from tapestries by artist Edward Burnt-Jones.

Emma’s knight in front of King’s Cross Station, London.

Alongside her work on the Knights’ Trail, Emma’s printmaking was previously exhibited at Christ Church College, Oxford, highlighting her talent.

She was living with her family in Lincolnshire and working on creative projects whilst recovering from her transplant.

Take a look back at our interview with Emma: