Juri Iida lives in a place surounded with
nature, sea, fields and mountains in Japan.
have loved nature; animals and plants since a little girl raised
up by my parents who encouraged me to write and to draw. When I
was in my teens, I had a serious disease. I think, however, it was
a trial to be needed for me. While I was in the hospital , I could
develop rapidly my sharp and observant eye, my sensibilities to
lives of creatures, and my painting ability. And then I went to
Art School, and stepped into this art world.
When I draw fairies, I feel their lives that exist in them and
I change them into the figures of the fairies with me inside. They
are the forms of their lives I get feeling of . I greatly appreciate
God, my parents who gave me this ability and also appreciate many
creatures to answer my calling. I will pay attention to many creatures,
feel their voices and lives and represent them as my fairies with
cute smile. They and I would be very happy if my fairies make your
Now in nature, it is my life-work to listen to their whisper and
to represent them, for example, to publish picture books and to
paint pictures for individuals."
Juri Iida will appear in the new book "500
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