Eden by Tula Pink for FreeSpirit Fabrics. Released in September 2015.
People often wonder why I draw animals. The answer is simple, it is because I don’t understand them. An elephant cannot tell me her story, a tiger will never stop to chat about the weather, a giant Atlas moth will never land on my shoulder to inform me of what intrigue lies on the path ahead and a flower will never ask me if I would like a stick of gum. It is these little interactions with people that allow us to know each other or at least open a door to that possibility. Eden is an exploration of nature’s mystery and wonder. It is about pattern and texture overgrown, unkempt and unconfined. While the daily coming and going of life, people, bills and paperwork pile up there is always that place in my mind that I can retreat to that remains wild and free. Eden is a snapshot of that imagined place made real in fresh, vivid color. For me Eden is both a retreat and a reminder to leave a little room at the end of the day to embrace the mystery and take time to wonder. Albert Einstein may have said it best when he wrote, “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.” Eden is about keeping our eyes open and maybe seeing that there is more there than we originally thought.