Holly Shortall was born in Dublin in 1989 to art gallery owner parents. Her mother, Susan Stairs, was already an established artist who had studied Visual Communications in The National College of Art and Design.
From an early age, Holly displayed a love for fashion and drawing, and was always encouraged by her parents to pursue her love of art - even winning a competition in school age 7, to design a Christmas Card which was sold in the school. Of course, it featured a very glamorous Mary holding a very cute Baby Jesus!
Age 16, when the Junior Cert art project theme was 'Exploring', Holly chose to explore fashion, creating a project based around clothes, make-up shoes and bags.
For her Leaving Cert Art History exam, Holly was asked to name three of the most influential products to have been invented. True to form, Holly chose a Chanel bag, a stiletto shoe and a hat, helping her gain a B+ in the higher level exam.
Upon leaving school, Holly felt the most obvious choice was to study fashion design, and undertook a 2 year course at a local Dublin college. While there, she realised illustration was her true passion and upon completing the year, decided to pursue that instead.
In 2010, Holly featured on TV show Style Wars where she came second out of 10 Irish Fashion enthusiasts and went on the climb the career ladder as a Visual Merchandiser for many of Dublin's established stores, from Oasis, to Gap, and then with Irish company Visual Sense.
It was in 2013 that Holly decided to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a Fashion Illustrator. She saved up to purchase a new laptop, a scanner, and a computer program to colour in her illustrations and dedicated any free time she had to doing fun illustrations of celebrities. Using social media as a platform, Holly has managed to have herself featured on the websites of both Kim Kardashian and Kelly Osbourne, and has fans including Saoirse Ronan, Lupita Nyongo, Gary Barlow, Mary Portis and Imelda May.
Her work has been featured by many publications, from Xpose Magazine to the Irish Times and she has worked for several high profile clients, including River Island, Parfois and Warehouse.
Holly is available for both personalised and commercial work.