Artists Statement / Bio
"For children in their most impressionable
years, there is, in fantasy, the highest of stimulating and educational
powers." -Arthur Rackham
I have always been an artist. As a child, I used to
talk about becoming a professional artist, a childrens book
illustrator or a Disney cartoonist. I used to fill spiral notebooks
with drawings of unicorns, fairies and strange, beautiful worlds.
I would spend hours looking through picture books and trying to
copy the illustrations that I saw. I would create stories or comics
based on these images. I began to appreciate the beauty that could
be found in the smallest of details and the movement that could
be evoked from a single drawn line.
When I was about 6, my dad bought me an artists
easel. He taught me how to paint and the importance of balance,
composition, depth and perspective. In high school I started taking
formal art classes on the weekends at The School of the Art Institute
of Chicago where I eventually earned my BFA. But life took me down
a different path and I now find myself with a career in finance
and technology. However, I have always found time to create and
eventually I returned to drawing my little fairies and magical creatures
as I did when I was a child. For as a child, I yearned for the ideal
that could only exist in fantasy, and apparently that is something
I have never outgrown.
Ive been greatly influenced by the decorative
and stylized art of Alphonse Mucha and Eyvind Earle, the linear
and graphic art of Aubrey Beardsley, and the romantic illustrative
worlds of Gustaf Tenggren and Arthur Rackham. I work mostly in graphite,
colored pencil, ink, watercolor and gouache. I am attracted to these
traditional mediums because to me they evoke a sense of timelessness
and gentle softness that I feel are perfectly suited to fantasy
art. I am, in a sense, channeling my inner little girl when I start
a new piece. I hope to convey through my art a world that is free
of worries and full of beauty and the ideal. A magical and fantastic
world that is somewhat plausible and tangible if only because maybe
it did exist at one time in the mind of the viewer.
Thank you for visiting my gallery. If you have any
questions regarding upcoming shows or would like to purchase prints
of my work, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.