It takes real talent to fuse together opposite elements in a piece of artwork, but Sunny Mullarkey manages to do just that in her linocut prints. In Sunny’s art you’ll find mountain ranges and raging rivers, all traced into the delicate pattern of a moth’s wing. Combining the monumental with the intricate is Sunny Mullarkey’s specialty, and I’m so excited to share her work with you!
Art has followed Sunny all her life, from attending the Governor’s School for Arts to studying Fine Arts in college. Through both her education and her own experience, Sunny has explored different mediums and multiple art styles, but nowadays you’ll find her chiseling out prints on linoleum to create her breathtaking pieces.
“I love how [printmaking] is such a physical art form. The tools make their own kind of mark that makes the print different from a painting or drawing. Being able to see the chisels and texture of the work is something that you can’t recreate in anything else. ” -Sunny Mullarkey
When Sunny moved her artwork out of the privacy of her home and into a studio space in 2013, she knew it was a big step forward that would signify turning a hobby into a career. As it turns out, the studio space became a huge motivator for Sunny, and she enjoys sharing the space with other creatives who support and inspire her.
The signature look behind Sunny’s prints is the theme of nature: combining the grandeur of a landscape with the fine details of an insect’s wing or a feather. Sunny’s love for nature and hiking infuses her work and urges the viewer to become a more keen observer, too.
Sunny balances her career as an artist alongside her life as a mother and wife, and speaks passionately about the significance of support from your spouse and community. Like many of the makers I interview, Sunny emphasizes the importance of finding fellow makers to receive feedback, encouragement, and inspiration.
There is so much charisma in Sunny’s work, both in the details and even in the beautiful textures of the paper she prints on. Sunny gave me no shortage of striking phrases to quote while discussing the artist’s perspective:
“I want to fill the world with beautiful things. As artists, that’s our duty. There’s nothing in this world that wasn’t touched by design. Writers, photographers…we’re all here to use our creative gift to make our world more beautiful. That’s a wonderful gift to have to give to the world.” -Sunny Mullarkey
Sunny’s passion for both nature and art is captivating and speaks to the mission of all artists, both new and experienced. I hope you’ll take time to explore her Etsy shop and website, and be sure to follow her on Instagram to keep in touch with her amazing work.