Lindsay Campbell is a Canadian artist who specializes in animal illustration. At first glance, her body of work might conjure up memories of a bedtime storybook. The hues are soft and sherbet-like, the ears and paws are round, and each eye is imbued with a profound gentleness. Embedded in this lullaby of colour, however, is a nod to the kind of pain that seems inevitable when one’s heart is so determinedly open. Existential dread, loneliness, heartbreak: in the depths of tenderness, all of these bite fiercely. She tries to treat each emotion, difficult or negative as it may be, with honesty, kindness, and respect - and believes that no matter how soft we are, our suffering selves deserve light.

Written by R. R.