Born in Longton, Stoke on Trent.
Studied at the Burslem School of Art and went on to be a well known Staffordshire artist in watercolour and teacher and Burslem.
Alston Emery lived in Marsh Parade, Newcastle Under Lyme.
At the Burslem School of Art he was an artist and teacher also known as Alston E F Emery.
Alston was also a member of the Staffordshire Society of Artists and exhibited in the 1960 Jubilee exhibition of the SSA in 1960.
As at 1978 Alston wrote that he was "A regular exhibitor at the Royal Institute in Watercolour and their touring exhibitions He also exhibited at The Royal Academy and several regional galleries, with many successful one man shows at what is now the Staffordshire University, Keele University and at local galleries".
As at 1978 he was a part time tutor with the Workers Education Association at the Wedgwood Memorial College, Balaston and held a number of classes in the surrounding areas.
He particularly painted Newcastle with a number of his paintings being purchased by The Brampton Museum and Art Gallery and Keele University.
He lived and his studio was in Marsh Parade, Newcastle Under Lyme which as he named Alston House, a name which the building is still known as today.