About Ria Mishaal
I believe in the nature within.
That actions mean more than wares. I started Arcana with a desire not just to create beautiful tactile items for the home but to educate, inspire and evoke the human in nature. Combining natural history and art, the collections are designed to awaken curiosity, translating art into texture and capturing the subtleties and intricacies of each species and story.
There’s a line between what is real and magical, and my art plays there. It plays with what is just out of sight, sparking wonder, transforming the moment. I’m swept up in light and shadow, by how images transform our feelings giving nuanced understanding.
My 15 years as a professional photographer, following a career as a behavioural neuroscientist, has led to my fascination in the connection between people and their passions, and how visual stories help us feel better understood. To me, art is a conversation.
I am fascinated and connected to the natural world. I believe a connection with nature leads to greater balance, compassion and understanding in all areas of our lives. and that we should take responsibility for caring for our natural environment in small and big ways. As a curious and quiet observer, deeply connected to the natural world, I tend to attract people who feel a connection to nature, the magical or both.