I'm a professional artist from Clinton Township, Michigan. I've always had a love for art, my whole life. I'd doodle in my notebooks in school and always love art class best! But it wasn't until shortly after I'd graduated from high school that I discovered fantasy art and all its possibilities. I began drawing fairies, elves, vampires, angels, demons, etc... It all seemed so natural when I went in that direction. Soon after that, I discovered watercolors and the rest is history. I fell in love with this medium and no matter how many others I've experimented with over the years, none have yet to compare to them. I almost always combine my watercolor with a little gouache too. Occasionally I'll add some colored pencil to the mix too. I have been painting with acrylic gouache of late too, and I must say that I am quite enjoying it!
I've also always had a love for the dark and supernatural, so my art often has a dark and mysterious feel to it. I love to paint a gothic, moody scene. Anything and everything inspires me, books, movies, music, my own random ideas that come out of nowhere.
After several years of refining my skills, I finally felt brave enough to start selling some of my artwork. First as prints through some online gallery sites, and then expanding to printing and selling my prints and originals myself through my own website and online shops such as Etsy and Ebay. Later, I began making jewelry. At first I was just making some pendants that featured my paintings on them, but I also became interested in the craft of jewelry making itself and have experimented in several different techniques such as beadweaving, chainmaille and kumihimo braiding.
I have wonderful fans and art collectors all over the world. My art has been published in magazines, books and book covers, and licensed for several products by other companies.
Sombres Charmes/Dark Charms Artbook, A French art book on the subject of witches that feature a compilation of different artists. This book is availble through the publisher, Editions du Chat Noir.
"Vampires" from Flame Tree Publishing. Three of my vampire paintings are featured in this book about vampires in art, fiction and movies.
More about me...
I love to read, and am always reading something. That is probably my favorite thing to do beside drawing or painting. Some of my favorite authors are Jacqueline Carey, Anne Bishop, Laurell K. Hamilton, J. R. Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon and Elizabeth Chadwick. Fantasy, paranormal, romance and historicals are the main genres I read; I like to be taken away. ;)
TV shows I love are The Walking Dead, Game of Thones, Peaky Blinders, Stanger Things, Black Sails, Vikings, Breaking Bad (even though it's over :( )...
I also love music, and have to have it playing at all times while I paint. I mostly listen to heavy metal. Some of my favorite bands are Opeth, Ghost, Katatonia, Leave's Eyes, Amorphis, Nightwish, HIM, A Birthday Massacre, and Rammstein. Just to name a few.
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