The Golden Age of Illustration artist and teacher, Howard Pyle, recommended his students put themselves into the context of their painting to make their artwork more believable and true to the observer. Perhaps I go a bit “overboard” placing myself in such paintings, but Pyle’s reasoning is very sound. There is no better way to represent something than by first experiencing it. “On the Account” is a small 10″ x 8″ oil on panel intended as a preliminary sketch to a larger painting. I kept pursuing the problems and solutions of the work between long lapses, adding new ideas to work out a difficulty, until the the sketch became a small work in itself. It is challenging to take odd bits of research material from a multitude of sources in order to integrate them until a natural and cohesive image evolves. The work originated with a photo taken of me aboard a modern topsail schooner. As I maintained my balance as the ship heeled, rose, and fell in the stiff breeze, the propulsion gave me a rush of emotions I wanted to capture as I imagined the sense of freedom sea rovers felt as they pursued their dreams.
“When Ships Make Waves ” A 12″ x 10″ oil on panel oil begun on location at Old Spanish Point, Sarasota finished in the studio. A bit of wondering what may have transpired at this location hundreds of years ago inspired my imagining sea rovers who endure long periods without the comfort of female companionship. So when they spy a pretty lady ashore in provocative dress, they become enthusiastic because, “Wench Hips Make Waves”…
“Duel with the White Knight” a small 10″ x 8″ oil on panel from a scene in George R.R. Martin’s fantasy series originally commissioned for Fantasy Flight Publishing’s “The Art of A Song of Fire and Ice” to feature the sword master’s defense of Arya. Has just been made into a print available in the WebStore: < www.paravia.com/catalog >
An in depth interview from my perspective about cover art is featured in Watch the Skies. A fanzine available in print and seen online at:http://mysite.verizon.net/res89guj/id64.html
This cover art was completed last year and has been released as a paperback recently. I made a model of the spacecraft from descriptions in the manuscript. I glued foam board and cardboard with gesso and paint added, then suspended it with nylon line and photographed it using the same lighting direction as placed on the models.