Artist Myrea Pettit|
from my earliest memories of the world of fairies, of wondrous stories
of my childhood, I tended not to over read the books I was gifted
with, but be enchanted by the wonderful illustrations of Margaret
Tarrant , Cicely Mary Barker, Rene Cloke and Arthur Rackham,
It was Ann Mari's illustrations in her book 'A
day in Fairyland' published in 1948 that held me spellbound,
little did I know that I would find her in Sweden still illustrating
books at the age of 84. Ann
Mari recently wrote me a note.
That is my very own fairy story.
I was greatly honored to have her contribute to a Fairy book that
also featured my work 'The Art of Faery', published by Paper Tiger
in September 2003, written by my mentor and Fairy Godfather for
so many fairy artists who have never had their work published before,
with a foreword by the genius of faeries, 'Brian
of that book was so amazing that in September 2005 Paper Tiger
will publish another book 'The 'World of Faery' this time with
a foreword by great illustrator Alan Lee. It is really the greatest
honor that we Faery Artists have the support of Brian Froud and
Alan Lee, it perpetuates their outstanding achievements in illustration
and art since their own book Faeries was published in the 1970's
and adds so much spiritual connection to our love of art.
I have met and made many new friends on the Internet including
Jane Sullivan and her Fairy
Artist Marja Lee Kruÿt and
Elizabeth Jane Baldry and her lovely Fairy
I was born in 1970, one of three children, and my brother and
sister and I were all encouraged to draw. We spent so many of our
childhood hours when not doing our schoolwork, and every weekend,
drawing and painting or colouring.
My sister and I were always looking for fairies and dressing up
as fairies playing in what we believed were their hideaways in the
quaint old village with its thatched cottages where we lived. Sadly
losing my grandparents recently uncovered a treasure trove of my
childhood drawings. I love the one I did for grannie when she
had an operation on her toe!
We had this competitive nature, the three of us, each doing our
best to produce better likenesses, particularly eyes, mushroom
houses and rickety old beamed cottages. Our art flourished, my
sister finally preferring to draw still life and animals, my brother
studying and graduating in graphic design, his outstanding drawings
produced with thousands of ink dots called pointillism.
(Some of their work can also be seen by clicking on the links at the bottom
of this page).
was I blessed as the only one who saw fairies? Maybe I was the only
one who believed in them! For I have discovered since starting my
web site two years ago a whole new world and meaning of faery which
I had been unable to explain, and which thanks to Brian Froud and
teddybear and faery artist Hazel
Brown I now have had clearly explained to me.
extract of an interview with Brian Froud talking to Myrea Pettit
Froud talking with Hazel Brown.
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from Brian Froud
It is our own individual connection to nature, to the world about
us and the world within us, which is a very personal individual
journey. Whichever artist's name happens to be on the work, it
is almost like we have to maintain the reverence and sacredness
of the whole concept, which is something bigger than all of us.
It is something that we as individuals can access and need to access
at this time in the world. When you start to paint faeries you
set off on the beginning of a spiritual journey.
My fairy drawings are my own inspiration, either created for poetry
or storybooks or to inspire the imagination of children and adults.
For examples and further information see Sunflower
Subjects chosen have been selected to be published in books and
used in magazines, for the Waterside Inn for Chef Michel Roux, on
limited edition plates and fine china, place-mats, fine stationery
and other decorative products and used world wide as friends for
life as tattoos.
My interests centre around classical music, conservation of the
environment and wildlife.
A true nature lover for the beauty and colours of the flowers,
of all things small and delicate, I spend hours photographing or
drawing from my experiences and travel to search for the hideaways
of the little people and their friends and to show the world that
such beauty is in the eye of the beholder and, like me if you really
believe, then surely you too will see the fairies at the bottom
of your garden.
The talents of Myrea together with the drawings and illustrative
skills of her sister Michell
and her brother Mark using
pointillism (dot graphics) are available for companies and businesses