Golden Fish had its beginnings one night when I was lying in bed trying to fall asleep. An image of glowing fish popped into my head and would not leave. After tossing and turning with fish swimming in my head for a good hour, I decided to get up and sketch it out -only then could I get to sleep. The painting was completed in the weeks following.
Autumn Magic had its beginnings in a morning sketch... but initially it wasn't a "fall" piece at all. It was a child sitting over a mini tree (I wasn't necessarily thinking bonsai) and behind him a giant/old tree. The fall colors crept in when I went to do the color sketch. Surely inspired by the gorgeous autumn weather we've been having here these past few weeks... And the leaves she is "magic-ing" just seemed a perfect fit.
I love how closely this piece matches my original vision: warm morning sunlight, a cute little Irish gal, and dragon that looks so happy I can hear it purring.
This was created as a summer promo/personal piece. It's inspired a bit by Miyazaki movies, a bit by Ray Bradbury's book Dandelion Wine, and a whole lot by the feel of summer! I like how the face in the haystack turned out looking barn-owl-ish
Dragon Blossom is an image inspired by both the beautiful spring blossoms in Virginia and the recent trip I took to San Francisco, where I attended the Cherry Blossom festival in Japantown.
It started with the idea of a little boy curled up reading in a blossoming cherry tree, only the tree is really a dragon and his reading material is an ancient scroll. Perhaps the dragon is somehow imprisoned as a tree and the boy keeps him company by reading to him?
(Note: I made up the "language" on the scroll, as I did not want to embarrass myself with a nonsensical cut and paste job of any real language.)
Firefly Magic's inspiration comes from the feeling of a balmy summer's evening and the mysterious qualities of twilight. I spent many a childhood summer's night in my backyard with a canning jar. I still grow mesmerized when these fairies of summer appear.
This is a personal piece that I painted digitally with the intent of having it printed on a large 40"x30" wrap canvas -which now hangs in our living room. It's a pair of owls because owls are symbolic and special to my husband and I. I loved the concept of owls all cozy in a nest in space.
This concept came from one of my mid-morning sketchbook brainstorms over jasmine-green tea. It was a glimpse of a young boy standing in a circle of snow hares, being crowned their king. Like many of my self-motivated pieces, the image did not need to arise from a full understanding of an entire story, but rather came from trying to fully envision and illustrate the scene I had snared in my mind's eye. I'm still having fun imagining the story behind the scene.
Skymaids and Starfish
This piece was my entry for the Dreamscape CG Challenge. Partially inspired by movies such as Little Nemo and Bedknobs and Broomsticks, this piece has its beginnings in a few rough sketches of a bed, surrounded by fish, yet floating in the air...Because of the sheer amount of elements, I'd definitely consider it one of my most ambitious illustrations to date.
A piece of "fan art" for my favorite Christmas/winter movie EVER: Raymond Briggs' - The Snowman. An amazing animated short, simply a work of art.
This Slide of Winter
"This Slide of Winter" was inspired by an old German playground slide that I pass every day on our street. The slide is located in a little "garden" plot surrounded by gnarled old trees and underbrush, overgrown from winter disuse. The slide fascinated me, something about the distinct design reminded me of a archway or doorway. Combine this with my longing for beautiful fluffy white snow and you have the seed for this image...
Princess and the Spaceman
This is an image I created as a Christmas present for my (then) fiancé Chris (now husband) and our parents. It's a fantasy portrait of the two of us as kids! Me as a prairie princess wielding a golden paintbrush and him as a little boy wearing a tron-inspired suit...with a castle and rocket ship behind us respectively. The likenesses are referenced from old photos, and are pretty much spot-on.