Following her BA in Graphic Design, Enya earned a masters in Design Management from the London College of Communication in 2011.
Enya works primarily in watercolour and ink – two flexible media with an expressive, emotive feel to them. Her palette is contemporary, and surface pattern is something she pays a lot of attention to. She generally works with high quality textured papers, adding to the handmade aesthetic of her art.
With a fluid and expressive style, there’s a touch of Impressionism about Enya’s work, as she deftly encourages her colours to bleed into the paper just the right amount. Meanwhile, strong focus on key details brings a touch of realism to each piece, which is essential when depicting such complex foods.
Question: What led you to become an illustrator? Enya: The majority of my working life has been spent in the packaging and brand design business working on many FMCG brands, a background which drove my interest in food products in particular. Having always had an interest in this area, it was a natural development to concentrate on this type of art when I left the packaging business to concentrate on illustration.Question: Did you study illustration at college? Enya: Yes, I did illustration when I was in college in Macau.Question: Where did you grow up? Enya: I grow up in Macau, China.Question: Do you have a childhood memory relating to drawing/art that you hold dear? Enya: I do remember my mum took me to watercolour classes when I was a little kid. Question: Where do you live now and what drew you there? Enya: I live in Bath, having spent 7 years in London.Question: Describe your studio for us. Enya: Dessert pictures on the wall. Macarons or cakes on my desk occasionally. Full of plants and flower props.Question: Do you have any studio pets? Enya: My miniature schnauzer is my companion.Question: Who or What is your biggest inspiration? Enya: My influences and inspirations are broad. I admire all the creative talents responsible for the beautiful patisserie that I so often illustrate. I also like artistic innovators like David Hockney, the style of the use of colour and the realistic, classic style of Pieter Wagemans.Question: How do you get your ideas? Enya: My ideas come from different small components, from second hand book shops to the massive online library Pinterest.Question: Do you collect anything? Enya: Vintage illustration books.Question: Do you keep a Scrapbook? Enya: I love buying scrapbooks wherever I travel.Question: What are your interests outside of illustration? Enya: Music, Travel, Photography.Question: Tell us about a favourite project you've recently completed. Enya: LeChoux menu for which I illustrated 6 different choux buns.Question: What would be your dream job/commission? Enya: I love to work with any food projects! Especially sweets related or to be given a opportunity to create a set of beauty product illustrations.Question: Why is illustration such a powerful medium? Enya: I think drawing is the 'Tongue of the hand' that can express the communications between the receiver and the giver.Question: What is the best use of illustration you have ever seen? Enya: Pierre-Joseph Redouté classic book of rose illustrations created over 300 years ago and still looking beautifully fresh.Question: What makes a really good client brief? Enya: Clarity, ambition and with plenty of room for creative interpretation.Question: How much of your work is hand drawn? Enya: Fully 100% hand drawn.Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? Enya: A pastry chef.Question: What's the best advice you've ever been given? Enya: Don't miss the deadline. Don't look back, keep on moving.Question: If you could travel back in time, who would be the one person you would want to meet and why? Enya: I would love to travel back to the 1960's and hang with the graphic designer Milton Glaser - and work on some psychedelic designs together! Groovy!