Nene Tina Thomas began her professional career in 1994, when she was approached by Wizards of the Coast to contribute work to the popular card game “Magic: the Gathering.” Her work with Wizards of the Coast can still be seen in the Fourth and Fifth Expansions, Antiquities, Legends, The Dark, Homelands and the new “Magic: The Gathering” CD ROM Game. Some of the other card games that feature her work are Shadowfist, Legend of the Five Rings, Galactic Empires, Tempest of the Gods, Wyrmwars, Gridiron, Vampire: The Eternal Struggle, Xenophiles, and Battlelords of the 23rd Century.
Although Nene is known best for her work with watercolors, she has recently begun to expand her artistic horizons with other media, including digital. But no matter what media is used, the core elements of her art remain constant: her characters have grace and elegance, her settings are striking, and the images as a whole are breathtaking. Nene’s greatest artistic ambition is to be able to perfectly capture an image that she has in her mind’s eye on paper. Over the last two years, Nene has had the good fortune to see her art translated into a verity of products, including statues, ornaments, stickers, and t-shirts. Her many products can be seen in several catalouges, in retail outlets throughout the country, or on her website. The retail success of her art hasn’t changed her focus however, and with each new piece she strives to push herself as an artist.
Jessica Galbreth Mythic fantasy artist Jessica Galbreth was born on April 29th, 1974 in Toledo, Ohio. Today, she makes her home and studio in Waterville, Ohio with her husband Josh and their two children. Though Jessica did study fine art with a major in painting for three years at the Toledo Museum of Art, she also considers herself largely a self-taught artist. She crafts her original works of art mostly with watercolors, pen and ink, but at times also utilizes an airbrush and acrylic for certain effects. Jessica began her art career in 1999 with a modest web site. Much to her surprise, the interest in her fantasy and faery art seemed to increase very quickly once she showcased her art on-line, so she went on to expand her web site and product line. Now you can find Jessica’s work in numerous formats, from prints to greeting cards to calendars and books to collectible figurines and ceramics produced by leading manufacturers throughout the world. Her work is often featured at Spencers Gifts, Hot Topic and at specialty retail shops throughout the world. With distribution of her art and inspired products reaching as far as Australia, the United Kingdom and Japan, Jessica has truly become a world-renown artist. She is perhaps most celebrated for her ability to capture the haunting and often mysterious beauty of goddesses and faeries from mythology. Each of her visions brought to life on paper have a personality of their own, and often evoke strong feelings in those who view them. Some of her faeries are elegant, sweet and wistful, while others are defiant, dark and powerful.
“I started painting Faeries in 1992. I’d always been interested in them, but had never considered them to be a career option, until one day when I was not quite twenty-one and working in a small art gallery. My boss asked me to paint something to fill an empty frame that had been sitting around. I asked her what I should paint and she said “I don’t know, paint a Faery or something.” So I did. Three days later, the piece sold. So I painted another. It sold. And I painted another. It sold too. You get the picture. I began painting Faeries whenever I had spare time. Rapidly I became more and more drawn to painting them. They demanded it. The years shoved their way past me and I kept my head down; painting, painting, painting and not paying much attention to the rest of the world unless I absolutely had to. It was like the Faeries had taken control of me and were pushing me to paint their portraits and perhaps to let the world know they are watching.
After selling prints and originals at street fairs and in local shops for a few years, I opened a website and began selling my work online worldwide. From there my business took off with a mind of its own. A little more than seventeen years later, over 1300 paintings completed, and a history of licensed products longer than I can count, I am still trailing behind helplessly as the Faeries drag me on in a seemingly endless rampage.
My passion to paint is like a living creature inside me. All the ideas in my head churn and beg to get out. I’m driven to get them onto paper and out of my head as soon as possible. The characters move and speak in my mind. Snippets of stories flit through my mind while the paint dries. The quicker I can push their essence into the paper with my brush and banish them from my head, the better. Once I’ve conjured one creature, another is waiting impatiently for its turn.
Gradually the Faeries have evolved in meaning for me… something more than the typical definition of Faeries being winged girls flitting around in the woods or at the bottom of the garden. They are often wise, majestic and beautiful. Sometimes they are terrible and cruel. They embody grace, mystery, wonder and miracles as well as despair, trickery and desire. Wings can be a symbol of freedom, enlightenment and spiritual growth; or power and strength. Horns and antlers hint at ageless wisdom and grace in some Fae and malice and cunning in others. Feathers signify free spirits or a dark and mournful nature. In the Faery realm, all things become possible and not all is what it seems.
My goal in my work has always been to capture a moment and offer that moment to the viewer to weave his or her own story. I want each piece to whisper, taunt and tickle a reaction out of you.
My paintings always speak to me. What will they say to you?”
Once upon a time, on the night of a full moon, in a small country town in Australia in 1981 a girl was born with a vast imagination. She was given the name Selina, meaning ¿Moon¿, named after the moon that shone that night.
As a child Selina loved to read. Her favourite stories were those of myth and magic, princesses and fairies. She soon learned she had a greater love than reading when she would spend countless hours staring at the illustrations in these books, ignoring the stories told in words in preference of the stories shown by the artworks. She would study each brush stroke, marvelling that any human hand could create such beauty. The images enchanted her, bewitched her, and filled her head with magic and romance.
Having always enjoyed drawing, Selina began to create artworks of her own ideas of fantasy inspired by the illustrations in her fairytale books, with goddesses, fairies and enchanted creatures. She grew up continually trying to improve her art and create that same magical feel and sense of adventure she knew as a child.
Many years later, Selina’s artwork has been warmly received by lovers of fantasy all over the world. Selina still resides in Australia, being self employed in painting her ideas of fantasy and selling her own artwork and handcrafted gift designs through her website www.selinafenech.com.
Her art has been published in books and magazines worldwide, and is available on licensed products ranging from t-shirts to stationery, figurines to jewelry. Her art has been purchased by customers and collectors in over 35 countries around the world, and she has lived off her art since she was 23 years old.
Selina’s artwork is mostly mixed medium, as she always tries to choose the best medium to match her painting concept, and is always experimenting. Normally her paintings are based in either watercolor or acrylics on paper, to which she also adds inks, pencil, pastels, and even digital elements to create whatever effect she desires.
“I want to live my life like it’s a fairy tale, and I want my artwork to make other people feel the same. I love that for a person of any age my fairies can bring back the magical memories and feelings of adventure from their childhood. I hope that they also create new memories and dreams of magic!”
But all fairytales have a villain, a curse, a conflict to overcome. Not long after her 26th birthday, Selina was diagnosed with cancer. Luckily her prognosis was good. The cancer was caught early and is believed to have been completely removed. But the treatment and healing process of this life changing event was indeed a hardship and challenge Her body, her mind, and her art underwent great changes and growth during this time, and it is her hope that some of that journey, strength and magic can be passed on to everyone who shares her art and magical dreams with her.
As an artist, I paint because of a true, driving need to create beauty and magic. It is an inner need which I fulfill by putting brush to paper. But there is no magic there until it is shared, no joy to be found in the forms and colors until it is seen by another. So I want to thank you, for looking upon my artwork and allowing its magic to become real, for making the image I have captured in paint and pencil come to life in your eyes and mind. I hope that my artwork can be an inspiration to you.
Thank you for being a believer and lover of all that is beautiful and magical. Love and Magic,
Ever since I could remember, anything creative seemed to just run through my veins. On most days I find myself creating art, photographing, writing, singing, and creating music. It took me many years to find the balance between working on all of these creative outlets while pursuing my various hobbies and passions.
I have traveled a great deal and done some amazing things. I have been able to swim with seals in Puget Sound, photograph killer whales in the San Juan Islands, and during the fall of 2009 I stayed outside of London, England and worked on the set of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows.
I have worked with wildlife rescues caring for animals such as, lions, tigers, monkeys, bears, wolves, owls and so much more. Most recently I completed my first young adult novel and currently am planning some new and exciting ideas.
I believe that you need to do what you have a passion for and try a variety of things. It may not turn out the way you want, but the experience and lessons you learn on that journey will help you on your next adventure.
Art has allowed me to travel, meet loads of great people, and work with a variety of companies and clients. I am able to help spread awareness about wildlife issues and organizations, which is a huge passion of mine.
I am constantly coming up with new ways to build my art and branch out. Hopefully, my experiences and work can inspire others to follow their passions and dreams as well.
Giovanna Adams is an award winning full-time artist living in the beautiful hills of New England, with her husband and two little pixies. In 1989 she attended The Colorado Institute of Art. It was there that she was exposed to the early works of Charles de Lint and the paintings of Brian Froud in his and Alan Lee’s book “Faeries,” both of which she considers a great influence in her art today. Over the years Giovanna has developed a passion for fantasy art and the world of the fey and tries to convey with her art a sense of wonder and mystery. Giovanna’s artwork is collected internationally and her images have been licensed for a variety of products sold worldwide.
In 2006, Giovanna began to research faerie folklore in other countries across the globe and found the belief of the fey in all cultures of the world. She launched her ongoing “Faeries of Color” series, which depicts a culturally diverse world of the fey in 2007. And coming in 2010, Giovanna hopes to share with all faerie lovers her published exploration and artwork of the worlds fey, ending the belief that the fey realm exists only in the Anglo-Saxon world.
When not working on personal fey works, Giovanna also delights in illustrating children’s fantasy books. Look for “Unique Bits” and Emily and the Faeries a children’s book both written and illustrated by Giovanna, soon to be released in 2010.
I began this wild fantasy career in 1999 – and they said “Linda you are Nuts!” and “you’ll be back, we will keep your desk warm for you.” Now many years later, I am still going strong, even stronger than before. My art has progressed through the years and it tells a simple story about my life, Little ol’ Linda…or “Biggs” or Linda Biggs, all of 4′ 10 and mouthy as can be. I think that I have, little dog syndrome, you know what I mean. In the beginning ~ painting it was all new and ever so exciting. My first website adventure was named Fairie Forest Watercolors and some of my collectors, friends and fans still remember those days. With that said, there were times where I was happy as a clam, along with events where I was scared to death – but tried so hard not to show my fears. I have experienced shows that were great and some not so great. I know the combination of all that “STUFF” has made me a more rounded person, who makes ART for a living. However, all the events good and bad have shaped me as, an Artist in the moment, a little rouge, painting real life situations as I see it, some good and bad in my own fantasy world. I have been very fortunate with a strong Baltimore based following – even our cool WJZ-TV morning show has helped me so often along the way. Don and Marty, have been supportive with Interviews and updates as my career has traveled along this creative path. Each time they invite me back – it’s another surreal moment, that I still have a hard time believing. And… yes, each interview I am as nervous as I was the very first time Many of you know that I’m Native American, my grandmother was from the Cherokee Tribe. I am also bi-polar, yeah, yeah … for real. I have had numerous comments as years pass that I should hide that statement, or not put it out there. But its who I am, some days are great and some are in the toilet – but it is part of who I am and would never be ashamed to say it is so. I kinda like being me – how ever I show up -what you see, is what you get!
I was born in 1963, A very typical Pisces, always preferring to live in a dream world, a world which I have painted ever since I can remember, and one which as a child I could retreat to whenever things became tough. I still pay regular visits to my dream world, though with a lot more of the real world thrown in.
It’s where I go to paint.
I live in the beautiful county of Cheshire, England (famous for its Cheshire Cat, of course) with my long suffering husband John, daughter Vivien and numerous pets.
My home is situated near a very small wood, which is a constant source of inspiration to me, I use many mediums for my paintings, though my favourite has to be watercolor, I adore the way that the paint blends creating almost transparent washes, and yet the colours can also become quite vivid.
I don’t think I will venture down the way of digital painting – I would miss the unpredictability of my watercolors, I also feel that digital images are far too perfect in their appearance, almost false in some way, like digitally airbrushing glamour models – that sort of thing – but that’s my personal opinion, though I can see the advantages and the wonderful effects that can be achieved with digital medium, so I guess I should never say never
(just in case – lol).
It’s also nice to have that special one off completed piece of work – that original painting – the one everyone wants!!
My inspiration comes from many sources. I rely mostly on my dreams and inner feelings as I have done since I was a child, along with my love of nature, instilled within me from an early age by my parents, and their wonderful tales of myths and legends which they would share with me at bedtime.
Now as an adult with more experience of the world, I am influenced by artists from the past, such as Alphonse Mucha and William Morris, and the era in which they lived and worked, I also have a fascination for the supernatural and unexplained, all of these elements help to fire my imagination and enable me to create my images.
The idea of the Faerie Folk or earth spirits, call them what you will, dates back as far as time itself, to me they represent the natural world we live in and whether you believe in the fae or not, I feel that they have a place in our modern day society, even more now than they ever did in the past.
It’s time to look at our beautiful world and take stock of our feelings and behavior towards our fellow man, time to open our eyes to see what harm we are doing.
I find it easier to translate some of my feelings into my work, ironically, the sort of feelings that make you feel powerless to do anything about can be turned into the most enchanting images. These are usually some of my larger more complicated paintings, each one containing my messages of hope, perhaps a gentle reminder to take care of the world and each other.
Most of my images are serene and benign, although we all have a darker more passionate side waiting to emerge….. After all we are only human.¿
I truly believe that we all have a little bit of Faerie magic within our hearts, helping us to make the right decisions within our everyday lives, we just have to look for it.
Shine brightly and live your dreams.
“THE REST IS JUST BEGINING”
In addition to her own website, Toadstool Farm Art, and this one, she manages an artists co-operative wholesale group, The Fairy Court, and two other collective art websites, Mystic Minis, and My Fairy Baby.
She now lives in a storybook cottage in Los Angeles with her husband, teenaged son, an assortment of wild and domestic animals, an ever changing clutch of fairy folk, and one brand new beautiful little fairy baby girl named Antonia. She remains a misfit.
Favorite color: Peacock. (cheated sorry)
Favorite food: Cinnamon and Honey Coffee with whipped cream (yes I consider that food)
Favorite music: Alternative, Goth, Ethereal, Classical
Favorite place: I love the river. The smells, the sounds, and the place I go is magical.
I have a cool black lab named Bowie, two cute cats named Shadow and Candy. Shadow is all black and Candy is seal point so I call her the hot blonde.
I have two kids – a teenager who likes to participate in anything Japanese and Anime driven and a 9 year old who is very musical from singing to dancing to playing instruments.
I am married to a beautiful man who spoils me and supports me. We have been married for 18 years and together for 21 and although it has been really tough at times, I am blessed to have him in my life.
I love to read, write poetry, dance, sing, write music and of course paint.
I am gluten intolerant and am very environmentally conscious. I recycle avidly; use my car as little as possible. I shop local when I can and feed my family natural healthy food which means we never ever eat fast food ever. Even normal restaurants are questionable to me.
I live in Colorado, originally from CA (mostly). It was a hard adjustment at first but I love it here now. CO is a very remarkable and beautiful place to live and I am proud of how environmentally conscious this state is.
I was born in Ogden Utah to a Mormon family. I remained Mormon into my teens and then departed to find my own spiritual path. I am deeply spiritual but not religious nor affiliated with any religion in any way. I pray and meditate deeply and appreciate the mother earth as much as many people appreciate heaven. I feel that as far as I know for sure I have this one life. It is a gift so I am going to live it deeply, fully, and passionately.
I am an eternal optimist and a control freak.
For a list of my artistic accomplishments…well, I have sold all over the world. My statues are still sold in Europe. My book has been translated into French and is on Kindle. My art prints are sold in retail stores scattered throughout USA and Canada. I have had numerous speaking engagements on inspiration and am an all-around cool chick. :0)
Having worked in various parts of the art field over the years I have now settled into my hearts desire of Fantasy Art. Its been a handful of years now working as a self employed artist and its has been an adventure all of its own filled with miracles and perils but all worth the journey. My art has undergone changes and has shaped to where it is today. I am always seeking, learning and growing and that part has been the most favorite..the learning and growing.
My art has been influenced by many great artists past to present..from Art Nouveau artists like Alphonse Mucha to the late Victorian Artists such as Lord Leighton, J.W Waterhouse etc. To the current fantasy masters such as Brian Froud, Alan Lee, Boris Vallejo, Barry Windsor Smith to name a few.
Wizards, Dragons and Crystals
I was born and raised in Brewood, Staffordshire. Attained an Upper Second Class Honours in Ceramics at Stafford College of Art. I started my sculpting career at Coalport China producing mice and wildlife for resin, and Cottages and Victorian style pastille burners for bone china.
With Holland Studio Craft I began with wildlife, dogs and farm animals and then in the late eighties, after failing to get the rights to produce Lord of the Rings figures, I was given the brief: think up a fantasy range of your own, anything you like as long as it includes wizards, dragons and crystals! ah those immortal words. So, I had the idea of using the four seasons as the initial concept: one colour to represent each season, one wizard, one dragon, one crystal for each colour. That was four dragons, four wizards, four different crystals already, and I had only just started. This of course was Enchantica, and my artistic life was never to be the same again. That was nearly twenty years ago. Dragons have dominated my art ever since.
I have travelled across North America with my wizards and dragons, and of course the length and breadth of the UK. I have met many people who share my passion for fantasy, and in some cases far exceed it. I have made some good friends and strong memories. I have even appeared on live TV shopping channels on both sides of the Atlantic with my work, and taken part in major collectors events attracting thousands of eager fantasy fans.
As a freelance sculptor I have continued my career in fantasy figures. Much of my work can now be seen with The Dragonsite.com, where I have enjoyed new artistic and technical freedom, and produced pieces of a much greater complexity.
I still explore other areas of interest occasionally and have not abandoned completely my great interest in wildlife and the environment, but the boy who was addicted to Doctor Who, Ray Harryhausen films and later Hammer Horror still calls to me, and its never long before I take his hand once again and let a new fantasy adventure begin!
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