"The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing — to reach the Mountain, to find the place where all the beauty came from — my country, the place where I ought to have been born."

- C.S. Lewis, Till We Have Faces

I am a freelance illustrator who loves to create illustrations inspired by literature and history, especially when the stories involve strong women. I also tell visual stories through the custom wedding invitations and logo designs that I create with clients. 

I first fell in love with making beautiful images when I was 13 years old and a serious injury kept me bedridden for long periods of time. Ever since then, the gift of creating art has been a source of healing and joy in my life. I enjoy many mediums and styles but am most drawn to pen and watercolor work. I love how spontaneous and playful watercolor can be but also appreciate the structure and clarity of the pen lines. I often incorporate gold leaf into my work.

Hiraeth (pronounced HEER-eyeth) is a Welsh word with no direct English equivalent. It refers to the deep longing of the soul for a past that it never experienced but feels connected to. It is a homesickness for a world that no longer exists, and perhaps never did. This concept represents so well why I am compelled to make art and why I think everyone needs art. I believe the experience of longing is an essential component of being human. 

If you have any questions, comments, or an idea for a commission or collaboration, I would love to hear from you

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