I absolutely fell in love with artist Christina Hess’s Animals in History series. The portraits are beautiful, whimsical and clever — with historical figures like William Shakesbeard, King Tutankhameow and Marie Antoinippe.
A professional illustrator who works with a variety of publications, Christina started Animals in History as a private commission for a family friend, who wanted his cat immortalized as Queen Elizabeth. After completing Queen Elhissabeth, she noticed how many people positively responded to it. So, she created a few more. “Five years later, I have over 25 characters created, from skunks to cats!” she says.
For Christina, painting is her life and what keeps her sane. “If I can pass on an ounce of joy to someone else because of my work, that makes it all worthwhile to me.” Although her art is not solely based on cats, they are always at the forefront of her mind. “Cats are especially fun to paint because they are so expressive,” she says. In addition to art prints, Christina has calendars, mugs and T-shirts.
To see more of Christina’s work, visit christinahess.com and animalsfromhistory.com. You can also follow her on Facebook at christinahess; on Twitter at @ChristyHess; and on Instagram at @christinahessillustration. And check out her Etsy shop at etsy.com/shop/ChristinaHessArt.
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