Reem Alshatti, known online as 'Ryma Starrylight', is a freelance artist & cover illustrator with a strong passion for visual storytelling,
“A couple years ago, I came across Lo-fi playlists on YouTube, I was so fascinated by the artworks displayed alongside the music. These artworks transported me to another world. They were diverse in color and theme yet had one thing in common…they were moments of peace & safety.
That kind of artwork really connected with the nature of my own illustrations & the spirit of my art.
As a young girl growing up in a challenging & conservative middle eastern environment, imagination & fantasy were my only escape. I imagine others with similar experiences might agree as well. So, I created paintings that took me to new worlds, beautiful worlds and most importantly…safer worlds. Whether it’d be a warm shelter on a quiet snowy blue planet, or the idea of swimming with beautiful goldfish in an aquarium inside a cozy bedroom.
It took years to finally set free my artistic soul from the tight grip of my conservative community. Finally able to tell the stories I always wanted to. Finally, able to express my passion for art.
I wanted to share these experiences with people. People who might need them. People who would like to see what it’s like to float among the stars.
Perhaps my artwork can help them feel a little cozier…and maybe a little less lost.”
I could write a whole book...maybe I will, someday."