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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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