|A recently released cover for Eve: True Stories from Dark Horse Comics|
Hello all! I will start by saying that I’m very proud to begin posting here as a regular contributor. There are many ideas that I look forward to dissecting and examining in regards to picture making but, for now, I just wanted to make a quick introduction and talk a bit about my background for those who don’t know me.
Like a few other folks here, I’m a full time freelance illustrator working exclusively in oils and primarily in the genre markets. My first pro job was back in 2004, the same year that I graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, though at that time I was primarily creating and showing gallery work. It wouldn’t be until the following year that I devoted my full attention to a career in illustration and began the long slow climb of building a portfolio and seeking clients.
|One of my very first commissions for Magic: The Gathering from early 2008|
After finding a good steady pace, I was asked in 2010 to take on an art director position at Night Shade Books which I held for the next two years before stepping down to recommit myself to my painting 100%. Around this time I also dramatically revised my painting process and goals as an artist. I feel it was a turning point for me creatively and professionally and certainly something to be discussed more in-depth in the future.
Though it has not been my primary focus since shifting to illustration, I have maintained an interest in gallery work and continue to create and show personal/fine art piece as time allows. The majority of these at the moment related to a series of nudes and figure studies (I never get tired of painting the figure) which I’ve been developing since 2008.
|Wallflower, from a 2011 gallery show|
And for those contributors and readers currently at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live (just kicking off the day of this posting), come visit me at the Flesk Booth #501! See you there!
|No Good Deed, a Dark Horse cover from last year which I will have on display at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live|