Esther Samuel-Davis shares the narrative behind 8 of her favourite illustrations. Born and raised in Catskill, New York in the late 80’s, Esther Samuel-Davis spent plenty of time in the woods and by the water, nestled between the Catskill Mountains and the Hudson River. Surrounded by a family who encouraged music and art, she’s been actively drawing and making things since she was a child. Esther attended the California College of Arts in 2009, where she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts with a focus in Printmaking. You can find Esther now doing freelance illustration, portraiture and printmaking, often pulling inspiration from history, science and philosophy.
There is definitely a lot of mystery in the world, as well as so much to constantly take in and learn. I like to capture sparks from my environment, conversations, history, etc. and use that as a reference for starting point for creating my own mysterious realities. Exploring the way that things balance and find harmony - then exploring the possible process behind arriving there. I think that if you are present and have an open mind you can find more mystery than you think.
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When I reflect on my journey toward self appreciation and my practice of self love I continue to come back to the notion of creating space. I was first introduced to this concept when I began practicing yoga. Teachers would lead us through a series of lunging poses to create space in our hips or backbends to create space in our hearts. The visualization of stretching to open new areas in my physical body took root and I began to see how this applied to my mental and emotional bodies as well.