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Ohmygosh, hi!

My name is Eva Hussain and I’m an artist, illustrator & designer. I’m utterly humbled that you’re curious enough to find out more about me!

My Story

Growing up I was quiet. I could spend hours doing my own thing and not miss being around others. I was a dreamer and a thinker. I read books because going on fictional adventures was so much better than ordinary life. I watched movies like they were happening to me.

Being around other people was exhilarating and exhausting at the same time because the line between their emotions and mine blurred too easily.

I preferred animals over humans as they were quiet and challenged me to apply my empathy in order to understand them.

Time and again I was told, “you’re too sensitive”, “you shouldn’t take things so seriously” and “you need to grow thicker skin”. I was frequently labelled as overly emotional.

It quickly became overwhelming and I lived life under the constant stress of feeling like the world was against me. I tried to fit in with the extroverts because it wasn’t socially acceptable to spend so much time alone.

My life ended up being a feedback loop from hell, where I felt bad for even feeling bad, guilty for feeling guilty and anxious because I felt anxious. ‘What is wrong with me?‘ was my mantra for many years.

After 30 odd years, it finally started to hit home that even though introvert and highly sensitive person (HSP) describe my personality, being an empath is really at the core of who I am.

My life is a constant endeavour to strike that equilibrium, where I can live in the world without being overwhelmed by it.

It isn’t important that I grow thicker skin. What matters is that I have perseverance and grit to see me through the emotional rollercoaster of being a deeply feeling empath.

I’m about as Scandinavian as they come and mom to one little wolf-girl, who luuurves horses as much as I do. When I’m not crouched over the work desk in my studio, I’m racing my husband to keep up with our kiddo, who runs circles around us without any caffeine whatsoever!

As a true emoji-texting, gif-using, fluent-in-meme millennial, I’m a patchwork of a person and gave up on having a straight-line career path years ago.

I learned how to art through years of practice – not school – although I have taken just about every art class and read every art book I ever came across.

Being an artist was the first thing I ever wanted to be, and well, look at me now, Ma! After years of stitching together a living from working as a freelance copywriter/graphic designer/web developer with other part-time jobs on the side, I’m finally turning the side hustle into my main job.

Why become an artist?

Art is the only thing I’ve ever felt truly competent at. Art is how I relate to other people, to the world.

As an empath, I “feel” my way through life, like a fish in the water feeling the currents. Creativity allows me to find where the flow is strong and clear; when I don’t listen to my gut feeling I always end up in murky waters.

Making it as an independent artist requires you to be a little foolhardy brave and quite a bit insane – I’ve been told I qualify for both!

“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”

– Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

For years I’ve listened to people telling me that my passion for creating isn’t a Real Job and that I will never be successful in life if I keep pursuing it.

There’s just the one problem: I love art. And when I have gone against my better judgement in the past and been a run-of-the-mill employee with working hours and a steady paycheck, it has always made me a miserable cow.

When I threw myself into my job (ostensibly to avoid how miserable I was) I would spend my days dreaming of all the things I could do if I had more free time.

Working as an artist means I have the privilege to work every day to make images that are meaningful and captivating. Every day I search for those universal truths that connect us and endeavour to turn those into imagery. I’m on a journey to make the world a more beautiful and fun place, one image at a time.

How can you buy my work?

My work is finally available in my very own webshop! You can get my fine art as museum quality giclée prints in a beautiful matte finish and my illustration work is available as one-of-a-kind art apparel.

With a little bit of sass and a smidgeon of cheek, the beautiful illustrations will make sure you’re always looking unique!

Please and thank you

Other ways to support me (and make me do a little happy dance!):

  • Subscribe to my newsletter and get 20% off your first order, stay up to date on news, fresh designs and events. You’ll get first dibs on new work and get to see behind the scenes of the design process.
  • Follow me on Instagram – liking and commenting on my posts (as well as saving and sharing them) helps me to gain more visibility in addition to making me super happy.
  • Follow me on Pinterest – let me know if you want to join a board or have one I can join!
  • Follow me on Medium.
  • And if you want to send some extra warm and fuzzy feelings my way, you can buy me a coffee on Ko-Fi 🙂

Thank you so much for your time and your support. May your clothes be comfy, your coffee strong and your Mondays short!