Savage Innocents

image by Veronica V. Jones

Emily Fiegenschuh

A mirthful fairy with fluorescent wings laughs while clutching her belly. An female Inuit wind giant stands, long dark hair trailing behind her. A young woman clutches her hand while looking in fear at the image of a skull behind her.

It would be an easy mistake to quickly glance at the playful illustrations and youthful characters that dominate Emily Fiegenschuh‘s gallery and presume that she has exclusively played in the children’s illustration market. Looking beyond her watercolor whimsy, however, will reveal a far deeper and broader understanding of her artistic acumen.

Ms. Fiegenschuh has a talent for not only understanding the innocence of any subject, but also in revealing it — subtly at times — in her works. This childlike quality is easily seen in her playful fairies and hatchling dragons, but also playing across the face of many a reluctant warrior and seemingly irredeemable monster.

Revealing her skill with natural media, her watercolor works are inspired by the intricate textures and raw beauty of the natural world. But be warned: nature frequently reminds us that innocence and savagery often walk hand in hand.

Written by in June of 2009. Last edited September 2014.

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