Literary Inspired Illustrations

Ithaca, New York

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About hiraethillustrations

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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.

I first fell in love with creating beautiful images when I was 13 years old and a serious injury kept me bedridden for long periods of time. Ever since, the gift of creating art has been a source of healing and joy in my life. I enjoy many mediums but especially pen and watercolor. I love how spontaneous and playful the watercolor can be but also appreciate the structure and clarity of the lines. Nothing brings me more joy than to paint something that is truly enjoyed by another human being.

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  • Karlee Lillywhite


    I am a freelance illustrator who loves creating whimsical, literary-inspired images and working with clients to design custom logos and wedding stationery.

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  • Framebridge

    Richmond, KY

    Framebridge is a custom frame building company. Every piece is hand built in the USA by their team of expert designers & craftspeople using the highest-quality materials (wood mouldings, acid-free mats and foam core, and acrylic with UV protection).

  • Giclee Today

    Boyertown, PA

    Giclee Today is a high quality, professional printer specializing in fine art reproductions.

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