About the artist
Annelisa Hermosilla (b. 1996) is a Panamanian artist based in Washington, DC. She graduated from Transylvania University (Lexington, KY) in 2018 with a major in Studio Art and a minor in Art History.
Hermosilla's work is highly influenced by her experiences as a Hispanic woman with a catholic upbringing and what that means in he context of her identity. She likes to explore themes of belonging, purpose, religion, femininity, beauty, aging, and death through a critical lens. Her works often focus on the human figure and nature, as the artist studies the relationship between her physical and spiritual self in the framework of her heritage.
She collaborated with author Jeremy Paden and Shadelandhouse Modern Press to bring to life the illustrated children's book Under the Ocelot Sun (2020), which recounts the emotional journey of a Honduran family to the U.S. border. UtOS received the Campoy-Ada Award in March 2021 for illustrated books with special cultural content.
In 2021, Hermosilla collaborated with Shadelandhouse Modern Press once more to illustrate the interior of No Distance Between Us, by author Marianne Peel. This magnificent collection of poems provides the reader with an emotionally charged and intimate retelling of the author's journey as she travels to foreign places, shedding light upon the refugee experience.
Hermosilla continues her practice as a freelance illustrator and artist with further collaborations with book publishers, private commissions, and her personal works.