Fantasy & Fairytale Inspired Artwork
To quote Dr. Seuss, “Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.” As an artist, I spend a lot of time looking through the wrong end of that telescope that Dr. Seuss mentioned. A lot of my artwork revolves around inspiration I gain from reading original fairy tales, myths, legends and more.
An Avid Reader
Like Father, like daughter. I grew up with an intense love of reading that was lusciously fed by both of my parents. When I was in middle school my dad introduced me to my favorite genre of literature fantasy and myth. He gave me two books to read and explained that they were classics, the epics the Iliad and the Odyssey by Homer. These were challenging reads for a sixth grader, but I devoured them!
Following, I discovered my first true love of the fantasy genre I have read and re-read over the years, The Unicorn Chronicles by Bruce Coleville. Perhaps it was the thrill of adventure and the youthful belief that a young girl could change the world, but I found myself entranced.
That captivation has yet to leave me even as an adult.
The English Major
I naturally gravitated towards a degree in English when I was in college. It was in my academic studies that I learned that through the lens of the arts that we can really study a culture. And the more I read the more I imagine. And the more I imagine the more I look at cultures and images pop out of my mind that must be shared.
Why Fantasy & Myth?
I have a natural curiosity about the world and societies. The more I research and enjoy stories I see the imaginations of others. And how their narratives are interwoven into their beliefs and reactions to their environments.
Besides fantasy is a fun escape from reality and literally, anything can happen. Fantasy & myth allow me to create freely without any restraints.
Thus, when I paint a fantasy inspired piece of artwork I get to relax and really be myself.