Lauren Stafford

Biographies tend to give me the same kind of uneasiness that giving oral reports in school used to, so I'll keep this one mercifully brief. I'm thirty-one, have at least two jobs at any given time (everything from selling books to tutoring in English to writing reviews of fantasy literature), and am occasionally struck with a wild obsession to draw and paint. I've been doing so for about fifteen years overall--of which I've only been truly active for perhaps two or three. I strive for realism and subtlety of feeling in my work---but I'll leave it as an exercise for the viewer to determine how successful I am at it (not very, in my opinion, but hey, I'm working hard at it).