Fairy Paintings by Pixie Wildflower

Would you like to introduce yourself to readers, please?

Hi, my name is Cathy Holford. I am known in the fantasy art community as Pixie Wildflower. I am married to a wonderful man, have two lovely kitties and I love to create. As well as art, I love crafts too.

Could you describe your work, please?

I am a fantasy artist, pixel artist and a bit of a poet. I've had my art and poems appear in the book Fairies through the Seasons. I have a self-published art book The Art of Pixie Wildflower, Vol I. I am pretty much an "emerging" artist. I am not as established as some in the field. I don't have any licensing contracts. Most of my prints and products are sold through Deviantart.com and Zazzle (see links below.) It is mostly a labor of love, given the current economy.

Artist Cathy Holford, AKA Pixie Wildflower.
Artist Cathy Holford, AKA Pixie Wildflower.
The Spring submission called "Blossoms". Cathy used ink, metallic watercolors and some work in PSP as well.
The Spring submission called "Blossoms". Cathy used ink, metallic watercolors and some work in PSP as well.

How did your interest develop? Did you take formal classes or join related groups?

I had been drawing and sketching since I was a little girl. I had considered taking Commercial Art, but people advised me it wasn't practical. I lived to regret that decision. I did enter one of those "Can you draw this Cartoon?" contest as a teen and received a Certificate of Merit from Art Instruction Schools, but I never received any formal training. I let my muse lie dormant for years until a friend drew a picture of me as a fairy. Then I had an awakening and started getting back into it myself.


What do you consider to be your main successes so far?


I think seeing my art and poems published in Fairies through the Seasons. To be included in the book with many other artists that I admire was a dream come true. Also, I get a bit of thrill just when a product is purchased. That is proof to me that people like what I am doing. I think even if they didn't, I would still do art for myself. It is something that is caught inside of you just wanting to be let out.


What project are you working on right now?


I am cleaning up some old sketches and considering publishing a Coloring book. I already have some Line Art pieces. This is not something that will happen overnight, but I'll work on it on and off. Otherwise, I wait for inspiration. I usually get it from the Fantasy Artists Emerging (FAE) forum. The Art Shows there will inspire me to create when I have no clue what to work on next. I also do pixel art just for fun. Some pixel artists have money off of it doing graphics for signatures and such, but it's just been a hobby for me...so far. I made some game sprites once for a game a friend was developing, but that was just for fun...but it made me see the possibilities.

"Harvest Surprise" - Cathy's piece representing Autumn for the book. Digitally rendered in PSP 9.
"Harvest Surprise" - Cathy's piece representing Autumn for the book. Digitally rendered in PSP 9.

How do you plan to develop your work in the future?

I want to get my Deviantart Gallery better organized, so people can find pieces easier to obtain prints. I want to develop more products at my Zazzle Store. II also want to do the Coloring Book I mentioned. Another thing I have considering is writing and illustrating a fantasy book for children. Like many artists, I have to fit in the time around "real life". It will probably take years to do all the projects in my head, but first I have to get started.


Have there been particular books, paintings or films which have influenced your work?

Every since I was a child, I was fascinated with fairies. Tinkerbell awoke that in me with the Disney version of Peter Pan. I love the Disney Faeries. I love fantasy films of all kinds as well as fantasy books. Fairies, dragons and the like have always interested me. I love artists from the past like Arther Rackham, but I also love modern artists as well. Like many emerging artists out there, I love Brian Froud. I also love the attitude of Amy Brown's fairies. It's no surprise that she has been influenced by Froud. I also love the artists that draw Big Eye Art like Jasmine Becket-Griffith, Toni Boozer and Misty Benson. Being a feline fancier, I adore the Fairy Cats of Carrie Hawks. Really, there are so many artists I love and they have all influenced me. I've also been influenced by my doll collection. My dolls (such as Pullips & Blythes) tend to have big heads and eyes as compared to the body. I am sure this shows in my work sometimes.

Snow Spells" - Cathy's Winter submission for the book. Created digitally in Paint Shop Pro 9. Her great niece Hannah is the inspiration for the little girl looking at the Faery in wonder. The Faery reminds her of Pullips dolls.
Snow Spells" - Cathy's Winter submission for the book. Created digitally in Paint Shop Pro 9. Her great niece Hannah is the inspiration for the little girl looking at the Faery in wonder. The Faery reminds her of Pullips dolls.

Would you like to talk about your other interests?

Well, I am a Christian and my faith is front and center in my life. I belong to the most wonderful church, Holy Cross Episcopal of Simpsonville, SC. Everyone there is like family to me. The church does a lot of reaching out to the community. In fact the motto of Holy Cross is "Making Christ Visible In His Community". That really appealed to me. My hubby is happy there too. He is a cradle Episcopalian, so for him was like coming home. I belong to the Order of the Daughters of the King. Women of that order take lifelong vows for the Rules of Prayer and the Rules of Service. For me, it was like a public declaration of something I am passionate about anyway. Evangelism among fellow women and girls is also a part of that. In addition, since it seems to go hand in hand with the ideals, is my involvement with the Women to Women group at Holy Cross. To quote the Mission statement: " Donations fund international charities that benefit and empower women and children in poverty. " We all know how important it is to help others less fortunate than ourselves.

What is your personal philosophy?

My personal philosophy is influenced by Jesus Christ who called on us to love one another. When others are happy, I am happy. If my art brings joy and makes people smile, then I've had a really good day.


What advice would you offer to someone hoping to take up a similar interest to yourself?

Well, you have to love what you are doing. Many artists have to make a living doing something else. Sometimes an artist breaks through and becomes commercially successful, but it is really not about that. It's about the love for creating. Don't look on it as a way to make money...look on it as a vocation.

"Summer Stroll" is Cathy's 2nd submission for the art book.  A combination of traditional and digital media.
"Summer Stroll" is Cathy's 2nd submission for the art book. A combination of traditional and digital media.

© 2010 Adele Cosgrove-Bray

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nikki1 6 years ago

wow.. awesome artwork.

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