Detail of wolf looking over dead chicken

Nature’s Beautiful Tragedy Explored in Illustration by Teagan White

Partial animal skull with flowers

Illustrator Tegan White cites “picking wildflowers” and “collecting animal bones” as some of her hobbies. Both of them show up in some of her latest pieces (gouache and watercolor on paper), which highlight the beautiful decay of creatures—a concept that White is particularly interested in. Specifically, the larger scope of her work is about “nature’s subtle, gentle reciprocity and wild, tragic discord.” The illustrations seen here are inspired by things including the Black Death and the fictitious Chupacabra. Despite these dark undertones, they remain delicate and enchanting.

Detail view of partial animal skull with flowers

Wolf looking over dead chicken

Detail of wolf looking over dead chicken

Mouse crawling over bones

Teagan White mouse painting in progress

Bird with partial ribcage showing

close up of bird illustration, moths

triptych illustration

insects, moth and flowers, illustration

painting flowers

artist tegan white in studio

Images © Teagan White