Prosperous woman Emma-Jane Leeson, author of the popular Johnny Magory books, has released her first two watercolour prints for sale, entitled ‘Iora Corcra’ and ‘Giorria Gorm’.
The vibrant watercolours of wildlife were created during the lockdown in 2020 and feature the tongue-in-cheek sayings “You wouldn’t believe me ‘if’ I told you” and “Would you get away out of that.”
“The hare or giorria is my favourite native Irish animal. I love all the old stories about them being shape shifters and all the other mythology that surrounds them,” she said. “The red squirrel (iora rua) is another favourite and this painting was inspired by the pair that visit the oak tree in our garden regularly.”
Emma-Jane is better known as the author behind the award-winning Johnny Magory children’s books series, which are written to help educate children on Irish wildlife and heritage, two of her passions.
The mother of three is passionate about getting children outside exploring and having the same fantastically wild upbringing that she had. She left her corporate job in Kerry Foods to pursue her passion in April 2019.
Emma-Jane explained that “lockdown proved to be an extremely creative period for me being forced to get off the roads and stay at home like everyone else. Along with the paintings, I’ve written a further three books that we’ll get out in 2021. A new Johnny Magory one, my first children’s novel and a rhyming book about tomboys.”
The framed prints are available from johnnymagory.com for €45. The images are also available on multi-use greeting cards with the phrase “Imagine that”.