Katie Schladand

I have been drawing since I could hold a pencil. Flagara is my pen name, or my "dragon name" as I sometimes call it. She is the character of my alter-ego, my muse, and my creativity. I love to fall asleep to music, and let it paint my dreams. Damien Rice, Andrew Bird, and Martha Weinright are just a few of the many voices that I love. Folk music and Irish old songs really light up my spirit, so I also listen to much of that genre. A lot of my inspiration comes from classical music and literature--as a cellist, music is a big part of my life. More of my ideas come from nature, however, than anything else. I've always been an animal lover and an advocate of nature. I do volunteer work at a raptor rehabilitation center, working with sick and injured birds of prey. It's like a dream. I am finding my way, weaving my dream, drawing throughout the journey. There really are a lot of fantastic artists here in elfwood, so please look around and enjoy. I like Raptors, Art Nouveau, celtic fiddle and old songs, cello, wine, bird watching, canoeing, exotic cuisines and health food, singing, dark chocolate, chai tea, sitting by a camp fire. Favourite movies The Lord of the Rings, The Princess Bride, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, The Prestige, The Last Unicorn, The Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach, Dexter, Favourite books LOTR, The Firebringer Trilogy (Meredith Ann Pierce), Dragon's Milk and the rest of the Dragon Chronicles (Susan Fletcher), Dracula, Jeckyl and Hyde, The Sword of Truth novels (Terry Goodkind), The Dragonriders of Pern series (Anne MacCaffrey), The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde), A Series of Unfortunate Events (Lemony Snicket), anything by Edward Gorey, nearly all of Edgar Allan Poe's works, The Harry Potter series, and last but absolutely far from least: His Dark Materials (Phillip Pullman).