"The darkness and the light are both alike ...
I am fearfully and wonderfully made."
For me, no other
quotation so beautifully expresses the truth about
the creative process -- it is wonderful and
terrifying all at once. Our inspirations shine
forth at us like the brightest stars, yet they
beckon us towards the blackest, most uncharted
reaches of our souls. Exploring our creativity is
rarely a comfortable process, but
|is one without
which we cannot exist, one which ultimately
yields boundless joy at its fruition. Instead of
fearing the call of our hearts, I believe that we
should regard it as a divine adventure. Thus, in
this spirit of adventure, I find that much of my
inspiration comes from faerie tales, folklore,
and mythology, which evoke the deep unconscious
human experience, and which rule our childhood
worlds. My passion for exploring the sometimes
playful, sometimes nightmarish world of
childhood is what compels me to create fantasy
I would very much like to thank
Alan Lee, Alexandra Day, Arthur Rackham, Bill Sienkiewicz, Brian Froud, Charles Addams,
Edward Gorey, Edward Mucha, Gustav Klimt, Henri Matisse, John
D. Batten, John R. Neill, Kuniko Y. Craft, Louis Comfort
Tiffany, Maxfield Parrish, Thomas Canty, Tony DiTerlizzi,
Vaclav Vaca, and all the numerous artists who have unknowingly
shaped the Truth as I see it.
And special thanks to those I've actually met and who were
so supportive. Please forgive me if I've left anyone out,
or better yet, email me!
Brian Froud (yes,
again!), Brian Stelfreeze, David and Lori Dietrich, Joy Marie
Ledet, Kenneth Waters, Larry Dixon, Lisa Snellings, Robin Wood,
and James Wappel, who told
me to draw on the mats.