We’re honored to partner again with the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) in their Women’s History Month initiative to help you name #5WomenArtists. Join us each week of March to get to know more female creators and add new names to your list.
Women have been historically underrepresented in the art industry. Since 2018, we’ve joined NMWA to shift that narrative by spreading awareness of the many female artists creating incredible art across all mediums and styles.
Whether you want to create a motivational space with fierce feminine quotes, or you’re an environmental fashionista looking for style rooted in sustainability, these 10 creators make art designed to inspire women and girls of all ages and interests.
From oil paintings of RBG to digital rainbows in unexpected places, keep scrolling to discover a few of the many women artists whose names you should know.
1. Erin Summer
Combining photography and graphic design, Erin Summer reimagines the ordinary as scenes from a daydream with pops of pastels and bubbly vibes. Passionate about spreading positivity, her playful takes on everyday occurrences and objects effortlessly capture the childlike imagination within us and serve as a welcome reminder to search for magic in the mundane.
2. Kelly L Illustration
“We didn’t have a lot of money to buy a ton of new clothes, so I was constantly cutting up my clothes to make them look different and fresh.” Using scraps of this leftover fabric inspired sustainable artist Kelly Lottahall to give her old clothes yet another life — this time on canvas. Dressing hand drawn feminine figures in trendy outfits, her illustrations combine her love for fashion with her love for recycling to create chic works for fashionistas of all styles.
3. Harmony Willow
Harmony Hansen, the artist behind Harmony Willow Studio, celebrates individuality through her illustrations. Adding motivational typography to self-love scenes of women doing yoga and feeling confident in their skin, she creates whimsical prints that inspire you to believe in yourself and uplift others. You may have seen her work in collaborations with VIDA Hot Yoga, MindBody and LesserEvil snacks.
4. Belinda Eaton
Inspired by her nomadic existence, the places it’s taken her and the worldview she’s gained from it, Belinda Eaton brings an edgy perspective to paintings of men and women who all have a unique story to tell. She sees their world as one of “color, vivid characters and uncontained energy that can’t be trapped by the limits of the canvas.” Combining elements of magical realism with ornate patterns and emotional depth, she makes it easy for viewers to get lost in that world.
5. Jamie Morath
Mixing media like acrylics and watercolors, Jamie Morath tells endearing stories of mischievous creatures and their humans living their everyday lives. Combining chaotic scenes and charming critters, she captures a reality pet lovers and owners alike can all relate to. Her love of animals goes beyond art, with donations of her work helping rescue shelters all over the world raise over $56,000.
6. Tamara Laporte
Art teacher and mixed media artist Tamara Laporte is on a mission to encourage others to get in touch with their creativity. Her mixed media works featuring fanciful women and creatures exudes imagination and magical realism inspiring us to get in touch with our inner child and escape to places where fairies, witches, princesses and woodland creatures coexist in harmony.
7. Heather Perry
Encouraged by a couple glasses of sangria, Heather Perry created Drunk Girl Designs to transform the musings of her mind into quirky decor. And she’s more than delivered — painting everything from feminist icons to legendary TV characters to stylish animals donning fancy clothes. The lowbrow lightheartedness of her work contrasted with the classic medium of oil paint has led to collaborations with Comedy Central, HBO, and Universal Pictures.
8. Elly Azizian
Combining neat lines, sporadic shading and feminine figures, Elly Azizian draws high fashion illustrations fit for New York Fashion Week (but literally). Her work featuring fashionistas dressed in Haute Couture has led to collaborations with several fashion houses, including Oscar de la Renta, Valentino and Marchesa. With an elegance inspired by everything from vintage fashion to theatre and dance, her art can bring a sense of style to every space.
Inspired by the world of anime, Cherriuki’s illustrations transport us to a dreamy world full of fantastical females and celestial charm. Her juxtaposition of earthly elements with a surreal softness results in an otherworldly feeling of magic only found in storybooks and folklore. In hopes of bringing more joy to her fans, she is currently working on a stationary side project featuring her characters Mushroom Girl & Rabbit.
10. Kim Haskins
“Painting [cats] has become something of a compulsion and I’ve now spent over 10 years populating my world with an ever growing army of joyful, friendly, colorful and occasionally manic-looking creatures.” Animal lover Kim Haskins creates lovable illustrations of curious kittens, sometimes accompanied by other creatures. From festive felines to rainbow fur babies, her art is perfect for your inner cat lady.
For years, the foundation of iCanvas has been rooted in making art by all accessible by all. While gender inequity continues to create barriers in the arts, we are proud to do our part to represent a multitude of female artists creating incredible work. Support women creatives this month and beyond by learning more about our artists and browsing art by all 50 featured women.