London-based Spanish illustrator Helena Perez Garcia creates dream-like, visual stories that communicate complex feelings and human connection with nature. Her vibrant gouache illustrations capture mysterious female characters in surreal settings, often surrounded by vibrant florals and beautiful creatures. Each whimsical image is like a glimpse into the artist’s own thoughts and emotions, beautifully rendered in her distinct style.
Garcia’s main source of inspiration comes from art, literature, and cinema. This is evident in her storybook-like illustrations, all of which visualize real emotions as fantastical scenes, where vivid colors and patterns harmoniously combine. In a piece commissioned for the cover of La chica no olvida (The girl does not forget)—a poetry book by Irene X. Espasa—a female figure is painted opening her dress to release a colorful flock of birds from her torso. This imaginative illustration visualizes the idea of tearing yourself open emotionally, and letting who you truly are come out. In another work, two women are depicted chatting intimately behind a shrub, evoking the relatable feelings of female friendship, trust, and support.