I by no means am an artist. I don’t even know how to draw a straight line with a ruler. This does not mean that I lack a taste for art. I was actually raised amongst a home full of fine artists and have been exposed to the sharp smell of oil paints and turpentine since birth. Along with the stickiness of Acrylics, the fine pinch of fancy pencils and the dustiness of charcoal that would leave my hands a mess whenever I’d get into my mothers art supplies.
I was always a tad envious of my sisters and parents for being able to create amazing images out of thin air. They would pluck a character, a landscape, a vision from the universe and give it shape, color and life. It was beautiful to watch someone play out such a wondrous transformation. They were all alchemists in my eyes, starting off with something so unimportant like a blank canvas or page and turning it to gold over time.
Today I wanted to share some of this inspiring art work with you all (of my family and several well known artists). I also wanted to give you a bit of insight into my own world of “art”. The world of fantasy writing is quite exciting. And with so many talented and inspiring artists and writers around it becomes hard to not want to scrawl out a story.
I must give credit where it is due to the many writers who have also inspired me. The works of Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi, responsible for the Spiderwick Chronicles, The Wondla trilogy and the Tithe Series for YA readers. Melissa Marr, who I had the pleasure meeting when I was 15 years old. She is the writer of the bestselling Wicked Lovely series, several adult novels and her debut Middle Grade book co-written with Kelly Armstrong, Loki’s Wolves was released earlier this year. Will Shetterly, Terri Windling and the other authors responsible for the heaven and hell that is Bordertown. Of course the father of fantasy, J.R.R. Tolkien for the creation of all of Middle-Earth. Without these wonderful writers and artists the world would be a much duller place.