Tianhua Mao - Lily in Water

Tianhua Mao is a Chinese illustrator who now lives in New York. We've shared four images from her series 'Lily in Water', but we strongly suggest you go through to her site to look at more of her work. She applies such soft, beautiful touches to her illustrations, resulting in otherworldly weirdness and striking imagery. It's always so interesting to see how people from other cultures apply their thinking to illustration and art, bringing all their influences to bear in imagery that is so unique.

Our biggest test here in South Africa that we must continue to ask ourselves is: What exactly is our aesthetic? What do we do that no one else does that makes our art and illustration undeniably South African?