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Jessica Galbreth Biography

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Jessica Galbreth Mythic fantasy artist Jessica Galbreth was born on April 29th, 1974 in Toledo, Ohio. Today, she makes her home and studio in Waterville, Ohio with her husband Josh and their two children. Though Jessica did study fine art with a major in painting for three years at the Toledo Museum of Art, she also considers herself largely a self-taught artist. She crafts her original works of art mostly with watercolors, pen and ink, but at times also utilizes an airbrush and acrylic for certain effects. Jessica began her art career in 1999 with a modest web site. Much to her surprise, the interest in her fantasy and faery art seemed to increase very quickly once she showcased her art on-line, so she went on to expand her web site and product line. Now you can find Jessica's work in numerous formats, from prints to greeting cards to calendars and books to collectible figurines and ceramics produced by leading manufacturers throughout the world. Her work is often featured at Spencers Gifts, Hot Topic and at specialty retail shops throughout the world. With distribution of her art and inspired products reaching as far as Australia, the United Kingdom and Japan, Jessica has truly become a world-renown artist. She is perhaps most celebrated for her ability to capture the haunting and often mysterious beauty of goddesses and faeries from mythology. Each of her visions brought to life on paper have a personality of their own, and often evoke strong feelings in those who view them. Some of her faeries are elegant, sweet and wistful, while others are defiant, dark and powerful.

 

 

Selena Fenech Biography

 

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Once upon a time, on the night of a full moon, in a small country town in Australia in 1981 a girl was born with a vast imagination. She was given the name Selina, meaning ¿Moon¿, named after the moon that shone that night.

 

As a child Selina loved to read. Her favourite stories were those of myth and magic, princesses and fairies. She soon learned she had a greater love than reading when she would spend countless hours staring at the illustrations in these books, ignoring the stories told in words in preference of the stories shown by the artworks. She would study each brush stroke, marvelling that any human hand could create such beauty. The images enchanted her, bewitched her, and filled her head with magic and romance.
Having always enjoyed drawing, Selina began to create artworks of her own ideas of fantasy inspired by the illustrations in her fairytale books, with goddesses, fairies and enchanted creatures. She grew up continually trying to improve her art and create that same magical feel and sense of adventure she knew as a child.
Many years later, Selina's artwork has been warmly received by lovers of fantasy all over the world. Selina still resides in Australia, being self employed in painting her ideas of fantasy and selling her own artwork and handcrafted gift designs through her website www.selinafenech.com.

 

Her art has been published in books and magazines worldwide, and is available on licensed products ranging from t-shirts to stationery, figurines to jewelry. Her art has been purchased by customers and collectors in over 35 countries around the world, and she has lived off her art since she was 23 years old.

 

Selina's artwork is mostly mixed medium, as she always tries to choose the best medium to match her painting concept, and is always experimenting. Normally her paintings are based in either watercolor or acrylics on paper, to which she also adds inks, pencil, pastels, and even digital elements to create whatever effect she desires.

 

"I want to live my life like it's a fairy tale, and I want my artwork to make other people feel the same. I love that for a person of any age my fairies can bring back the magical memories and feelings of adventure from their childhood. I hope that they also create new memories and dreams of magic!"

 

But all fairytales have a villain, a curse, a conflict to overcome. Not long after her 26th birthday, Selina was diagnosed with cancer. Luckily her prognosis was good. The cancer was caught early and is believed to have been completely removed. But the treatment and healing process of this life changing event was indeed a hardship and challenge Her body, her mind, and her art underwent great changes and growth during this time, and it is her hope that some of that journey, strength and magic can be passed on to everyone who shares her art and magical dreams with her.

 

As an artist, I paint because of a true, driving need to create beauty and magic. It is an inner need which I fulfill by putting brush to paper. But there is no magic there until it is shared, no joy to be found in the forms and colors until it is seen by another. So I want to thank you, for looking upon my artwork and allowing its magic to become real, for making the image I have captured in paint and pencil come to life in your eyes and mind. I hope that my artwork can be an inspiration to you.

 

Thank you for being a believer and lover of all that is beautiful and magical. Love and Magic,

 

Selina Fenech

 


Nene Thomas Biography

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Nene Tina Thomas began her professional career in 1994, when she was approached by Wizards of the Coast to contribute work to the popular card game "Magic: the Gathering." Her work with Wizards of the Coast can still be seen in the Fourth and Fifth Expansions, Antiquities, Legends, The Dark, Homelands and the new "Magic: The Gathering" CD ROM Game. Some of the other card games that feature her work are Shadowfist, Legend of the Five Rings, Galactic Empires, Tempest of the Gods, Wyrmwars, Gridiron, Vampire: The Eternal Struggle, Xenophiles, and Battlelords of the 23rd Century.

 

Although Nene is known best for her work with watercolors, she has recently begun to expand her artistic horizons with other media, including digital. But no matter what media is used, the core elements of her art remain constant: her characters have grace and elegance, her settings are striking, and the images as a whole are breathtaking. Nene's greatest artistic ambition is to be able to perfectly capture an image that she has in her mind's eye on paper. Over the last two years, Nene has had the good fortune to see her art translated into a verity of products, including statues, ornaments, stickers, and t-shirts. Her many products can be seen in several catalouges, in retail outlets throughout the country, or on her website. The retail success of her art hasn't changed her focus however, and with each new piece she strives to push herself as an artist.

 

 

Amy Browns Biography

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"I started painting Faeries in 1992. I'd always been interested in them, but had never considered them to be a career option, until one day when I was not quite twenty-one and working in a small art gallery. My boss asked me to paint something to fill an empty frame that had been sitting around. I asked her what I should paint and she said "I don't know, paint a Faery or something." So I did. Three days later, the piece sold. So I painted another. It sold. And I painted another. It sold too. You get the picture. I began painting Faeries whenever I had spare time. Rapidly I became more and more drawn to painting them. They demanded it. The years shoved their way past me and I kept my head down; painting, painting, painting and not paying much attention to the rest of the world unless I absolutely had to. It was like the Faeries had taken control of me and were pushing me to paint their portraits and perhaps to let the world know they are watching.

After selling prints and originals at street fairs and in local shops for a few years, I opened a website and began selling my work online worldwide. From there my business took off with a mind of its own. A little more than seventeen years later, over 1300 paintings completed, and a history of licensed products longer than I can count, I am still trailing behind helplessly as the Faeries drag me on in a seemingly endless rampage.

My passion to paint is like a living creature inside me. All the ideas in my head churn and beg to get out. I'm driven to get them onto paper and out of my head as soon as possible. The characters move and speak in my mind. Snippets of stories flit through my mind while the paint dries. The quicker I can push their essence into the paper with my brush and banish them from my head, the better. Once I've conjured one creature, another is waiting impatiently for its turn.

Gradually the Faeries have evolved in meaning for me... something more than the typical definition of Faeries being winged girls flitting around in the woods or at the bottom of the garden. They are often wise, majestic and beautiful. Sometimes they are terrible and cruel. They embody grace, mystery, wonder and miracles as well as despair, trickery and desire. Wings can be a symbol of freedom, enlightenment and spiritual growth; or power and strength. Horns and antlers hint at ageless wisdom and grace in some Fae and malice and cunning in others. Feathers signify free spirits or a dark and mournful nature. In the Faery realm, all things become possible and not all is what it seems.

My goal in my work has always been to capture a moment and offer that moment to the viewer to weave his or her own story. I want each piece to whisper, taunt and tickle a reaction out of you.

My paintings always speak to me. What will they say to you?"

 

 

Brigid Ashwoods Biography

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The constant theme throughout my art is my love affair with the human (or humanoid if you will) face and form - it's emotion - it's beauty - and what information a subtle play of expression can offer about the history and personality of the subject. While my art always seems to tell a story - it's not a tale I am always privy too. Beings and imagery play in my mind and whisper their demands to me as I paint. This results in mysterious images rich with untold secrets. The most common comment I receive is that the image seems to tell a story - or that the viewer would "like to read that book" I invite you to do so! I firmly believe that the stories my pieces tell exist in the minds of the viewer - their tales cannot be known without your imagination. It's not my job to tell the tale to you....it's up to you to suss it out. This collaboration between artist and audience is what I cherish most. The name of my website - "winged things & improbable machines" reflects without constraining the themes of my work. I am constantly intrigued by winged things of all kinds - be they fairies, insects, ships elusive spirits or handcrafted flying devices. Additionally I would say I am a shy inventor and closet engineer! I love designing jointed limbs and mechanisms - but I care not if the machine or automaton would really "function" in real life. Hence my machines can definitely be termed improbable.

 

Over the years I have worked in many mediums - my favorites being Egg Tempera, Graphite, Silverpoint - and most recently the medium of Light (digital painting). My influences are broad ranging - Obviously I am greatly influenced by the Steampunk and Clockpunk esthetics. But beyond that I am inspired by the myriad of engineers in my family (my Granddad was Nautical Engineer Peter Payne - you might have seen some of his boats in the Bond films!) - fairytales and World mythology also inspire me. I am most inspired by the act of storytelling itself and this is reflected heavily in my work. Some of my favorite artists are Hans Holbein the Younger, Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Leonardo, Gil Elvgren, Travis Charest and the work of all my artist friends! My favorite authors include Neil Gaiman, Neal Stephenson, Susannah Clarke, Robert Heinlein, Terry Pratchett, Nora Roberts and Jane Austen. Musically I cut my teeth on 70's punk and 80's new wave. But I love music of all kinds...and my current obsessions change frequently. My art has been featured in a few books, and licensed for a variety of products such as stickers, t-shirts, coffee mugs, jewelry, statues, cross-stitch and of course prints.

 

 

Christine Bowman's Biography
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Ever since I could remember, anything creative seemed to just run through my veins. On most days I find myself creating art, photographing, writing, singing, and creating music. It took me many years to find the balance between working on all of these creative outlets while pursuing my various hobbies and passions.

 

I have traveled a great deal and done some amazing things. I have been able to swim with seals in Puget Sound, photograph killer whales in the San Juan Islands, and during the fall of 2009 I stayed outside of London, England and worked on the set of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows.

 

I have worked with wildlife rescues caring for animals such as, lions, tigers, monkeys, bears, wolves, owls and so much more. Most recently I completed my first young adult novel and currently am planning some new and exciting ideas.

 

I believe that you need to do what you have a passion for and try a variety of things. It may not turn out the way you want, but the experience and lessons you learn on that journey will help you on your next adventure.

 

Art has allowed me to travel, meet loads of great people, and work with a variety of companies and clients. I am able to help spread awareness about wildlife issues and organizations, which is a huge passion of mine.

 

I am constantly coming up with new ways to build my art and branch out. Hopefully, my experiences and work can inspire others to follow their passions and dreams as well.

 

 

 

Giovanna Adams Biography

 

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Giovanna Adams is an award winning full-time artist living in the beautiful hills of New England, with her husband and two little pixies. In 1989 she attended The Colorado Institute of Art. It was there that she was exposed to the early works of Charles de Lint and the paintings of Brian Froud in his and Alan Lee's book "Faeries," both of which she considers a great influence in her art today. Over the years Giovanna has developed a passion for fantasy art and the world of the fey and tries to convey with her art a sense of wonder and mystery. Giovanna's artwork is collected internationally and her images have been licensed for a variety of products sold worldwide.

In 2006, Giovanna began to research faerie folklore in other countries across the globe and found the belief of the fey in all cultures of the world. She launched her ongoing "Faeries of Color" series, which depicts a culturally diverse world of the fey in 2007. And coming in 2010, Giovanna hopes to share with all faerie lovers her published exploration and artwork of the worlds fey, ending the belief that the fey realm exists only in the Anglo-Saxon world.

When not working on personal fey works, Giovanna also delights in illustrating children's fantasy books. Look for "Unique Bits" and Emily and the Faeries a children's book both written and illustrated by Giovanna, soon to be released in 2010.

 

 

Judy Mastrangelo's Biography

 

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Most of my life I've been drawing and painting in all genres, from Realism, to Impressionism and Abstractionism. I paint a wide variety of subjects, but various forms of Fantasy have always been the closest to my heart. This includes my Fairy Tales, Myths, and New Age Art.

All of Nature is alive to me, and I try to show this in my paintings. I love the Greek and Roman Myths in which they personify Spirits of Nature, and so I enjoy painting Deities of Trees, Water, Earth, Air, Gods and Goddesses, etc.

I have always been inspired by great Artists throughout history, and regard them as my teachers. Some of my favorites are those of the Italian Renaissance, the Pre- Raphealites (I like John W. Waterhouse the most), and the Hudson River School of Landscape Painters. Maxfield Parrish is my favorite illustrator, and I feel that Sir Joseph Noel Paton is one of the greatest Fairy Artists. In my small way, I also enjoy continuing in the tradition of Beatrix Potter with her little animal people, and Cicely M. Barker with her lovely Flower Fairies.

I live happily with my Soul Mate and Husband Michael, a true Renaissance Man, who is a great inspiration to me. We live in a timeless Land of old fashioned houses and gardens, on the edge of a Mystic Woods, with trees that Arthur Rackham would have loved to paint.

I've taught Art, Modern Dance and Classical Ballet, and Drama to adults and children. I also created a Community Theater Group, presenting classical literature, including Fairy Tales and Shakespeare, on stage. At this time I have decided not to teach anymore, and to devote myself solely to my Art Work. I always have been fascinated with the gracefulness of dancers, and often ask them to be models for my paintings.

My Art has been licensed in many fields, such as for prints and posters, wall coverings, puzzles, calendars, greeting cards, and embroidery kits, etc. I've illustrated several children's books, including "Antique Fairy Tales", "The Sandman and Other Sleepy Time Rhymes", "Tales of Shakespeare", and "Pollyanna". I both wrote and illustrated my book "What Do Bunnies Do All Day?", published by Ideals. Currently I am writing and illustrating several new books on Fairies, Elves, Angels, etc.

I daydream about my paintings for a while before putting them on canvas. This preliminary technique of "Mind Painting" helps me to develop an imaginative Work of Art

 

 

Linda Biggs Biography

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I began this wild fantasy career in 1999 - and they said "Linda you are Nuts!" and "you'll be back, we will keep your desk warm for you." Now many years later, I am still going strong, even stronger than before. My art has progressed through the years and it tells a simple story about my life, Little ol' Linda...or "Biggs" or Linda Biggs, all of 4' 10 and mouthy as can be. I think that I have, little dog syndrome, you know what I mean. In the beginning ~ painting it was all new and ever so exciting. My first website adventure was named Fairie Forest Watercolors and some of my collectors, friends and fans still remember those days. With that said, there were times where I was happy as a clam, along with events where I was scared to death - but tried so hard not to show my fears. I have experienced shows that were great and some not so great. I know the combination of all that "STUFF" has made me a more rounded person, who makes ART for a living. However, all the events good and bad have shaped me as, an Artist in the moment, a little rouge, painting real life situations as I see it, some good and bad in my own fantasy world. I have been very fortunate with a strong Baltimore based following - even our cool WJZ-TV morning show has helped me so often along the way. Don and Marty, have been supportive with Interviews and updates as my career has traveled along this creative path. Each time they invite me back - it's another surreal moment, that I still have a hard time believing. And... yes, each interview I am as nervous as I was the very first time Many of you know that I'm Native American, my grandmother was from the Cherokee Tribe. I am also bi-polar, yeah, yeah ... for real. I have had numerous comments as years pass that I should hide that statement, or not put it out there. But its who I am, some days are great and some are in the toilet - but it is part of who I am and would never be ashamed to say it is so. I kinda like being me - how ever I show up -what you see, is what you get!

 

Linda Ravencroft's Biography

 

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I was born in 1963, A very typical Pisces, always preferring to live in a dream world, a world which I have painted ever since I can remember, and one which as a child I could retreat to whenever things became tough. I still pay regular visits to my dream world, though with a lot more of the real world thrown in.

It's where I go to paint.

I live in the beautiful county of Cheshire, England (famous for its Cheshire Cat, of course) with my long suffering husband John, daughter Vivien and numerous pets.

My home is situated near a very small wood, which is a constant source of inspiration to me, I use many mediums for my paintings, though my favourite has to be watercolor, I adore the way that the paint blends creating almost transparent washes, and yet the colours can also become quite vivid.

 

I don't think I will venture down the way of digital painting - I would miss the unpredictability of my watercolors, I also feel that digital images are far too perfect in their appearance, almost false in some way, like digitally airbrushing glamour models - that sort of thing - but that's my personal opinion, though I can see the advantages and the wonderful effects that can be achieved with digital medium, so I guess I should never say never

(just in case - lol).

It's also nice to have that special one off completed piece of work - that original painting - the one everyone wants!!

My inspiration comes from many sources. I rely mostly on my dreams and inner feelings as I have done since I was a child, along with my love of nature, instilled within me from an early age by my parents, and their wonderful tales of myths and legends which they would share with me at bedtime.

Now as an adult with more experience of the world, I am influenced by artists from the past, such as Alphonse Mucha and William Morris, and the era in which they lived and worked, I also have a fascination for the supernatural and unexplained, all of these elements help to fire my imagination and enable me to create my images.

The idea of the Faerie Folk or earth spirits, call them what you will, dates back as far as time itself, to me they represent the natural world we live in and whether you believe in the fae or not, I feel that they have a place in our modern day society, even more now than they ever did in the past.

It's time to look at our beautiful world and take stock of our feelings and behavior towards our fellow man, time to open our eyes to see what harm we are doing.

I find it easier to translate some of my feelings into my work, ironically, the sort of feelings that make you feel powerless to do anything about can be turned into the most enchanting images. These are usually some of my larger more complicated paintings, each one containing my messages of hope, perhaps a gentle reminder to take care of the world and each other.

Most of my images are serene and benign, although we all have a darker more passionate side waiting to emerge..... After all we are only human.¿

I truly believe that we all have a little bit of Faerie magic within our hearts, helping us to make the right decisions within our everyday lives, we just have to look for it.

Shine brightly and live your dreams.

Linda

"THE REST IS JUST BEGINING"

 

 

Rachael Tallamy's Biography

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"My desire for creativity and art was discovered at age 5 and I've been drawing ever since. Upon graduating high school, I obtained a science degree, and am a Registered Nurse for legal consulting.

I married my husband, Brian in 1993 and we have two wonderful sons.

Remaining passionate about art, I became interested in digital art when I began restoring old photos in 1998.So, all the work in computer-generated images, have led me to digital painting, in which I have discovered my preferred medium and style for my own portfolio and for clients.

 

Most of my artworks are still sketched on paper, but are now scanned and computer painted for the finished work. In February of 2006, I quit full time nursing to pursue art. Preferred genre is fantasy, especially angels, fairies and unicorns."

 

 

Renee Biertempfel's Biography

 

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Having worked in various parts of the art field over the years I have now settled into my hearts desire of Fantasy Art. Its been a handful of years now working as a self employed artist and its has been an adventure all of its own filled with miracles and perils but all worth the journey. My art has undergone changes and has shaped to where it is today. I am always seeking, learning and growing and that part has been the most favorite..the learning and growing.

My art has been influenced by many great artists past to present..from Art Nouveau artists like Alphonse Mucha to the late Victorian Artists such as Lord Leighton, J.W Waterhouse etc. To the current fantasy masters such as Brian Froud, Alan Lee, Boris Vallejo, Barry Windsor Smith to name a few.

 

Sheila Wolk's Biography

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Sheila Wolk Sheila Wolk had an auspicious beginning as an art director for a pharmaceutical advertising agency and medical illustrator, honing her skills in drawing the human form. Her first pastel paintings were for the genre of sports art. In fact, Sheila became so good at capturing the human form in movement that she was named Sport Artist of the Year in 1987. American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) gave this auspicious award to her soft-edged pastel paintings of the hard action sports. Her transition into the land of fantasy happened slowly, but once Sheila decided to change her focus the result was sensational. Sheila Wolk blends techniques to create a stirring glimpse into the magical world we live in its lore, its myths and its legends. Art has to touch you somewhere, says Wolk, explaining her new direction in art. Indeed, her art is created in a mystical realm where logic, dreams and art meet and mix to create a dreamscape of enchanting beauty and fabled majesty. She fuses traditional and non-conventional means to convey the visions, dreams and realities of a world many wish they could see outside of her paintings. Sheila combines her creative talent and imagination to accurately interpret and artistically communicate elaborate notions in an easy to understand and visually appealing fashion. And while she may be taking until the mythical world of mermaids and fairies these are not the carefree sirens or caricatures of popular culture. With Wolk's always superb skill of depicting the human form, the mermaids and fairies seem to be of flesh and blood, yet with a pre-Raphaelite otherworldliness. At the centre of many pieces is a pensiveness that draws one deep into the psyche of a being who has seen the world as it really is and yearns for sanctuary. In these works of surface whimsicality a sense of profound reclusion and peace pervades. Deeply moved viewers have responded by once again putting the works of Sheila Wolk in great demand. The mature Wolk takes her new success in stride. I once painted sports to survive but now I paint for the survival of my soul. Wolk resides in New York City where she continues to capture the drama, intensity, power and grace that surrounds it with her pastels and lithographs. BIOGRAPHY

I was born and raised in Brewood, Staffordshire. Attained an Upper Second Class Honours in Ceramics at Stafford College of Art. I started my sculpting career at Coalport China producing mice and wildlife for resin, and Cottages and Victorian style pastille burners for bone china.

With Holland Studio Craft I began with wildlife, dogs and farm animals and then in the late eighties, after failing to get the rights to produce Lord of the Rings figures, I was given the brief: think up a fantasy range of your own, anything you like as long as it includes wizards, dragons and crystals! ah those immortal words. So, I had the idea of using the four seasons as the initial concept: one colour to represent each season, one wizard, one dragon, one crystal for each colour. That was four dragons, four wizards, four different crystals already, and I had only just started. This of course was Enchantica, and my artistic life was never to be the same again. That was nearly twenty years ago. Dragons have dominated my art ever since.

 

I have travelled across North America with my wizards and dragons, and of course the length and breadth of the UK. I have met many people who share my passion for fantasy, and in some cases far exceed it. I have made some good friends and strong memories. I have even appeared on live TV shopping channels on both sides of the Atlantic with my work, and taken part in major collectors events attracting thousands of eager fantasy fans.

 

As a freelance sculptor I have continued my career in fantasy figures. Much of my work can now be seen with The Dragonsite.com, where I have enjoyed new artistic and technical freedom, and produced pieces of a much greater complexity.

 

I still explore other areas of interest occasionally and have not abandoned completely my great interest in wildlife and the environment, but the boy who was addicted to Doctor Who, Ray Harryhausen films and later Hammer Horror still calls to me, and its never long before I take his hand once again and let a new fantasy adventure begin!

 

 

Stephanie Pui-Mun Law Biography

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Stephanie Pui-Mun Law has been painting fantastic other worlds from early childhood, though her art career did not begin until 1998 when she graduated from a program of Computer Science. After three years of programming for a software company by day and rushing home to paint into the midnight hours, she left the world of typed logic and numbers, for painted worlds of dreams and the fae.

 

Her illustrations have been for various game and publishing clients, including Wizards of the Coast, HarperCollins, LUNA Books, Tachyon Books, Alderac Entertainment, and Green Ronin. She has authored and illustrated Dreamscapes (2008, North Light Books) and a followup Dreamscapes: Myth & Magic (2010, North Light Books), a series on watercolor technique for fantasy. Her work also regularly appears in Realms of Fantasy Magazine.

 

In addition to the commissioned projects, she has spent a great deal of time working up a personal body of work whose inspiration stems from mythology, legend, and folklore. She has also been greatly influenced by the art of the Impressionists, Pre-Raphaelites, Surrealists, and the master hand of Nature. Swirling echoes of sinuous oak branches, watermarked leaf stains, the endless palette of the skies are her signature. Her background of over a decade as a flamenco dancer is also evident in the movement and composition of her paintings. Every aspect of her paintings moves in a choreographed flow, and the dancers are not only those with human limbs. What Stephanie tries to convey with her art is not simply fantasy, but the fantastic, the sense of wonder, that which is sacred.

While most of Stephanie's work is done with watercolors, she experiments with pen & ink, intaglio printing, acrylic, and digital painting as well.

 




Andrew Bill Biography


BIOGRAPHY

Wizards, Dragons and Crystals

I was born and raised in Brewood, Staffordshire. Attained an Upper Second Class Honours in Ceramics at Stafford College of Art. I started my sculpting career at Coalport China producing mice and wildlife for resin, and Cottages and Victorian style pastille burners for bone china.

With Holland Studio Craft I began with wildlife, dogs and farm animals and then in the late eighties, after failing to get the rights to produce Lord of the Rings figures, I was given the brief: think up a fantasy range of your own, anything you like as long as it includes wizards, dragons and crystals! ah those immortal words. So, I had the idea of using the four seasons as the initial concept: one colour to represent each season, one wizard, one dragon, one crystal for each colour. That was four dragons, four wizards, four different crystals already, and I had only just started. This of course was Enchantica, and my artistic life was never to be the same again. That was nearly twenty years ago. Dragons have dominated my art ever since.

I have travelled across North America with my wizards and dragons, and of course the length and breadth of the UK. I have met many people who share my passion for fantasy, and in some cases far exceed it. I have made some good friends and strong memories. I have even appeared on live TV shopping channels on both sides of the Atlantic with my work, and taken part in major collectors events attracting thousands of eager fantasy fans.

As a freelance sculptor I have continued my career in fantasy figures. Much of my work can now be seen with The Dragonsite.com, where I have enjoyed new artistic and technical freedom, and produced pieces of a much greater complexity.

I still explore other areas of interest occasionally and have not abandoned completely my great interest in wildlife and the environment, but the boy who was addicted to Doctor Who, Ray Harryhausen films and later Hammer Horror still calls to me, and its never long before I take his hand once again and let a new fantasy adventure begin!