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New Painting: Cloaked

This recently completed painting was done as an illustration for the book Dragon Waiting by John M. Ford. Wizards exemplify why the Art of Imaginative Realism is actually Multi-Dimensional Magic. Such work DISSOLVES the two dimensional painted surface and TRANSFORMS it into the ILLUSION a three dimensional environment. The hours, days, weeks, or months, involved in the creation are CONDENSED into a frozen moment in TIME (time travel). UNNATURAL things APPEAR sprung from imagination. In the case of illustrating from the written word, MIND READING is involved interpreting the meaning of the words the writer presents.

Interview with Under the Radar SFF Podcast

I sat down with Blaise Ancona of the Under the Radar SFF podcast to discuss my experiences as a cover artist. Listen to the interview here.

New Interior Art for Prince of the Blood
Prince of the Blood

I just turned in a new set of pen and ink interior art for the Grim Oak Press edition of Prince of the Blood by Raymond E. Feist. You can see the new artwork in my Popular Authors Art album.

New Painting: Atop Celery Fields
Atop Celery Fields

This recently completed plein air shows the highest elevation for miles and miles in Florida: a man-made hill in Sarasota County in an area known as the Celery Fields. To curb flooding, the Auduban Society and the County made lakes and runoff areas and used the soil to create a large mound. The area is a refuge for wildlife and has an informative welcome center.

Captain Morgan Prints

In 1992, I was commissioned to create three paintings for my fourth Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum national advertising campaign to appear in magazines, billboards, and point of purchase promotions. Since I retained all other reproduction rights, I decided to release these as prints in our Studio Shop.

Honorable Arrrrtist
International Pirate Hall of Fame

Gosh, the company I keep! This past weekend in St. Augustine, FL, I was selected as a 2022 International Pirate Hall of Fame inductee (the first artist to receive that nomination). As this is only the second class of inductees, this is quite an honor. The awards are presented to those persons who have advanced and contributed to the historical significance and presence of the Golden Age of Piracy.

500 nominations are accepted each year and narrowed down to 30 names, then the Review Committee selects 10 to be inducted into the year’s roster. Other members include; Edward Teach, Samuel Bellamy, Errol Flynn, Henry Avery, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Johnny Depp.

New Painting: Pond at Low Water
Pond at Low Water

Here's another addition to my little collection of paintings completed on my property. I painted it at midday in two sessions with an additional fifteen minute studio tweak.

Painting featured on the History Channel
Take the Long View

Taking the Whydah, was included in the History Channel episode, Beyond Oak Island: Return to the Whydah! which aired on January 24. The painting, originally commissioned for National Geographic Magazine, depicts Sam Bellamy and his boarding party taking possession of the Whydah from Captain Prince in 1717.

ARC Finalist
Take the Long View

My recent painting, Take the Long View, has been juried as a Finalist in the Art Renewal Center's 16th International Salon Competition in the Imaginative Realism category. This is the tenth sequential year my work had been involved in this worldwide competitive art selection.

Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration
Faerie Tale

Two graphite drawings I created for a special edition of Raymond E. Feist's Faerie Tale will be part of the "Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration" exhibition at the Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI. September 24, 2022 - January 8, 2023.

Other works I've created for books by Feist and other popular authors can be found here.

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