Hi there! My name is Mina Elise Echevarria and I am a freelance Illustrator from Hartford, Connecticut. I started drawing by the time I could hold a fork. Today, you can catch me holding one of the two! I absolutely love to cook and my fascination for food started at a young age, too. It's no wonder I like painting botanicals! Outside of illustrating I enjoy cooking, watching animated film, and thrifting all of which I enjoy doing with my loved ones.
I believe we are all passionate and creative beings. There's just something we are drawn to, almost like a part of our make-up. This is mine. And my greatest treasure has been having this passion alongside me since I was a kid. It just continues to grow stronger and louder as time passes. But my second treasure would be the gift of sharing it all with you!
I always draw inspiration from the natural world. Though I definitely consider myself a city-girl, plants and botanicals are incredibly stimulating to me as an artist. I will never not be in awe of this Earth's magical creations, especially the ones that smell and taste good! Just about anything that gets my senses active will help spark a idea that I try to sketch or jot down immediately since I have the memory of a goldfish.
For me of course, it was ALL about the illustrations, that's how I determined my which were my favorites. So my favorite children's book actually used to be my mother's when she was a child, giving it more value than I had realized at the time. It's called "Timothy the Terror" written by Ruth Cavin and beautifully illustrated by Jean-Jasque Loup. As I think back, it wasn't just about the illustrations but particularly the way my parents read it to me. They read with dramatized voices and animated enthusiasm that truly brought the story to life. This helped me understand that reading a children's book is a collective experience with a bunch of elements that come together to create a sensational moment. "Timothy the Terror" is an absolute treasure of mine, and one day I hope to have the honor of handing it down, too.
I hope that young readers can experience the absolute importance of their dreams. As we mature, we are often encouraged to see with a realistic or logical perspective, though in my opinion, there's so much beauty behind our imaginative perspective. Our imagination is a gift and there is nothing like a child's vast imagination! It is an open-ended place that allows us to individually create whatever we choose, and with even more intent it gives us the power to believe in those creations, even if just for a moment. Our dreams are an extension of our imagination, so I like to consider them a form of magic. It is my hope that my work can help those access this magic by bridging the gap between this world we exist in, and the many worlds we visit in our dreams.