In this piece, I wanted to create the environment in which I feel that I work in as a fantasy fine artist. I stand on a perilous cliff, depicting the fact that I often feel that I have to work twice as hard as others to validate my artwork because it is fantasy. It also represents the solitude that I often find myself working in. He wears a jester’s suit to symbolize the criticism that what I create is foolish and ridiculous, and I wear a mask because sometimes in the face of a critic I have found myself denying what I do just to avoid the argument. Below are three goblins, who point and mock, but at the same time enjoy their own vanity. Behind is a table filled with books that represent the research and reading I have done on the fantastical and also represent my own writings which my art is often derived from. Finally there is the small dragon and the fish which are allegories to two fantasy artists which has touched me and my work, Larry Elmore and James Christensen. Graphite, 2003.