Saoirse Ryan is an Irish artist that produces great art that mixes striking and colourful scenes with messages of empowerment and encouragement.
Many thanks to Saoirse for sharing her art insights with us! Before jumping into her interview below, check out her work that's available to buy on her website.
What's the latest piece of art that you have put out into the world?
I've been busy over the Christmas season mostly working on personal commissions. It's been lovely to do and really great seeing my art being gifted to people at Christmas! I've especially enjoyed doing pet portraits because I'm a huge animal lover myself. I'm excited to get back to making art of my own ideas now that I've got some free time on my hands again.
What drives you to keep creating?
The world is such an inspiring place and I'm always excited at the opportunity of trying out new ideas and new methods of creating. Creativity holds a much bigger place in the world than many people realise, it can really influence and change the world. That excites me and gives me the drive to keep creating.
To keep that drive it's definitely very important to allow yourself to create freely sometimes, something that is not for a client or job or to sell, but to create for yourself. It's amazing to be able to create a career out of your creativity but if it starts to feel like it is always a deadline rather than expression, it's easy to lose the drive to create with passion.
Is there another artist's work that you would recommend, and why?
As a young Irish artist I am so inspired by the work of other young Irish artists and the sense of community that's been created. Some of my favourites on Instagram at the moment are @deburcadesign, @3cupsofteastudio, @sketchyinc and @cnr_nln.
Do you have any advice for creators that are just starting out?
Any art you make is already your personal style. I think there's a lot of pressure on young creators to have a distinctive personal style, or even to know what their specific style should be. Finding a style that represents you and expresses art in the way you want to communicate is an important journey but you don't need to know or decide that so soon. To me, an incredibly important part of finding your style is allowing it to happen organically, and knowing you don't have to restrict yourself to just one style. Everything you make is inherently your style, because YOU made it, no matter how far along in that journey you currently are.
Where can we find your work?