Boccaccini Meadows, the nature artist
As an illustrator and textile designer, she shapes a complex universe of plants, flowers, people and cities.
Ready for a timeless encounter? Learn more about her creative process below.
I grew up in the English countryside, my mother was a teacher and my father a fireman. They both loved the outdoors, so we spent a large part of our childhood travelling in the Alps or to Scotland for climbing and hiking. I often crave greenery and nature when I'm in a city, which I think stems from the fact that I spent a lot of time outdoors as a child. I love taking my own daughter for a walk now!
After giving birth to my daughter 6 years ago, I spent many evenings painting to relax. I really felt it was an outlet during a rather stressful time. This was the beginning of my journey as an illustrator.
I still draw a lot of inspiration from the Peak District and I am fortunate enough to isolate myself here during the Corona pandemic. I enjoy walks on the cool moors and wild swimming in the local ponds. This area really gives me a sense of freedom. My memories of climbing, hiking and mountain biking are definitely feeding my current work.
Is this choice of material a way to play the card of transparency?
I have always loved a palette of soft, muted colors inspired by the natural world. It's not really a conscious decision and it seems to come naturally to me.
I like the variety of projects that come with my work and it allows me to stay alert to take on new challenges and new directions. Last month I painted a mural in a brewery and this month I am starting a huge book project!
Juggling finances and not always knowing if you have money to pay the rent can be confusing. I've always tried to work freelance, even if it's only a few days a week, but this year I will be working full-time on my illustration projects. The excitement is real.
I love adventures and the outdoors, so finding a cross between art and nature always inspires me. Some artists I admire: Georgia O'keefe, Frida Kahlo, Hilma AF Klint.
I love Shantell Martin's work and I always smile when I see his work in Brooklyn.