I remember when I was a child, I saw magic everywhere. When mushrooms would bloom overnight in the shade of the trees, I imagined that a fairy or elf had deposited them to enchant me. I think, as we get older and more mature, we forget about the magic around us… we learn more about science and practical things, so the magic begins to elude us.
Saoirse, yes – her name is just as magical as her illustrations, manages to capture that whimsical magic that we all believed in as children. When I first saw an illustration that Saoirse had posed on Instagram, I was enchanted. I had the opportunity to ask a few questions, so I thought I’d share a little bit of her inspiration here and a few of her beautiful illustrations.
What inspires you, Saoirse?
I am inspired by magic and nature. I remember growing up feeling so peaceful and a sense of awe in the woods, imagining my own worlds. In my artwork, I try to recreate that feeling of whimsy and peace from my childhood.
How did you get into illustration?
As I grew up I was utterly transfixed by animation, characters and books – I was always collecting interesting books and getting lost in the illustrations. I would copy pictures from the books and animations, as I got older I developed my own style and realised how badly I wanted to put my own illustrated world down onto paper.
Tell me a fun fact about you and your art!
In school I used to hide drawing paper inside a revision book so it looked like I was being studious when really I was doodling.
You can visit Saoirse on Instagram or at her Etsy shop!
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about Saoirse. Tell me in the comment: Do Saoirse’s illustrations take you back to childhood too???
I read, in the Guggenheim Museum, that Peggy Guggenheim bought a painting a day before starting her own museum in New York. While I can’t quite do the same, I did promise myself to take more time to explore the artists around me and to bring artist spotlights to my blog. It’s my way of showing my appreciation to the artists around us for shedding light on their perspective of our world.
I had the honor of attending the opening for BongJung Kim’s Temptation earlier this month, and was reminded how perspective changes everything. Artist Kim’s gallery opening demonstrates his unique perspective on the electronic age. So, it is with great pleasure that my first artist spotlight is on Artist Kim’s collection. I’ve taken a few pictures to give you a taste of the collection, but I urge you to visit the collection yourself. It is currently on display in the Paris Koh Fine Arts (location) from April 4 until April 22 (flyer below).
Thank you for visiting! Let me know in the comments if you had the opportunity to view this artist’s collection and what you think!