Location: Limerick, Ireland

One word to describe your style: Whimsical

1. What does a typical day in your life look like?

Getting up and taking about 2 hours for my brain to ‘wake up’. I will generally get all of my chores out of the way early. This is followed by admin, social media and emails to wean myself into work. I am more of a night owl and work best in the evening and late at night. Once I start my work, a pen, paper, green tea, music and inner battles are usually what come into play. Unless I have something planned with friends or family, I will spend my days creating work or doing something related to it. I am practicing slowing down and making time for myself more these days. How else will I gain new inspiration I guess?

2. What does your studio look like?

Helena Grimes It is a corner of my bedroom. Since I remember I have always felt most comfortable drawing in my bedroom, my personal space, and hideaway from everyone. I personalise it with a sort of mood board and little inspirations but I do like to keep it minimal and neat. My desk, a comfortable chair, wall space, drawing board, laptop and speakers are essential. Not forgetting an abundance of pens.

3. Tell us one unique thing about you / your art?

My work generally contains animals and non-human creatures but 95% of the time, it is still about people. Inspirations come from a mixture of people, society, stories from life and from fiction.

I love creating something new with my own hands and mind. I love illustration because I get to bring life to an idea that I or a client might have.

4. What do you love most about being an artist?

I love creating something new with my own hands and mind. I love illustration because I get to bring life to an idea that I or a client might have. It is very satisfying. Every day is completely new and different to the next.

5. Which is your favourite art piece so far and what is the story behind it?

Outcast by Helena Grimes

‘Outcast’ which is part of my Feral series of large scale drawings. It was created at the very end of college and is the longest time I have spent on a piece. I got completely lost in the marks and details. It was a wonderful place mentally to be in.

The piece was bought by the curator of an Emerging Artist Exhibition I was selected to exhibit at in Dublin last September.

The drawings in this series represent post-apocalyptic scenes of a dystopian nature. A world that appears amplified with hopelessness, yet, the scene feels quite familiar. These drawings can be seen as a premonition. The animal’s presence in the work poses as a threat or disturbance. The environment portrayed is a subjective reality filled with tension and unpredictability. In an age where so much self-destruction and faults are inherent within our own species, the idea of re-wilding is quite a captivating and beautiful image to me.

6. What are 3 things you can’t live without in a day?

Tea, my other half and internet.

7. Where do you get inspiration when you need it most?

Beautiful detailed artwork of other artists such as Gabriel Moreno, Christina Mrozik, Pat Perry, Marco Mazzoni, Adonna Khare, Beth Cavener Stichter and fellow Irish artist Denise Nester. I can’t look for too long however as it might have the opposite effect then. Beautiful imagery and wonderful writing as well.

8. What does success look like to you?

That is what I spend my days trying to figure out.

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