I am a painter and illustrator focusing on my own unique combination of fantasy, sci-fi, speculative fiction, strange fiction - which is currently most popular with H.P. Lovecraft enthusiasts, steampunks, and especially where the two intersect.
I paint in acrylics and oils on wood panels, pieces that are typically 36x24 or larger, laying down details that are so incredibly tiny and precise, that the web does not do nearly enough justice to the originals or the prints.
My details extend as far as hair-thin ropes and wisps, each shaded and shadowed in molecule-thin detail. My colors are typically soft, with a great amount of ambient lighting to make for pieces that look their very best in fine and elegant settings.
I am most often inspired by the writings of Jules Verne, H.P. Lovecraft, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Edgar Allen Poe, and I draw a much of my target aesthetic from those visual artists I most look up to: Gerald Brom, Michael Whelan, Michael Parkes, as well as earlier artists such as Gustave Dore, Pieter Brueghel (Elder and Younger), John Singer Sargent, Frank Cadogan Cowper, John William Waterhouse, and others.
art, painting, sculpture, metalwork, carpentry, woodcraft, strange fiction, speculative fiction, horror, high fantasy, camping, climbing, hiking, canoeing, spelunking, nature in general, and you
Favorite Fantasy/Scifi Movies and TV Shows
Lord of the Rings series, Harry Potter series, the Hobbit, Doctor Who, Torchwood, Farscape, Stargate Atlantis, Firefly
Favorite Fantasy/Scifi Books
Terry Brooks, J.R.R. Tolkein, Warren Ellis, Neil Gaiman, C.S. Lewis, Jules Verne, H.P. Lovecraft, Robert W. Chambers, Robert Jordan, Clive Barker, Terry Pratchett
Abney Park, Unto Ashes, Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Grinderman, P.J. Harvey, Rasputina, Faith and the Muse, Drowning Season, the Ghost of Lemora, Leonard Cohen
Friends at Elfwood
Friends at Elfwood: Stefan Alexandra
Guestbook for Mykeamend
|24 May 2009|| Anne Wipf|
Welcome to the woods. Pleased to see your beautiful and imaginative artwork.
|28 Jul 2009|| Helle Jorgensen|
Wonderful choice of motives - and I enjoy the fine detail in your work!
|30 Jul 2009|| Meg J Milano|
Your art is beautiful and realistic. Fantastic work!
|18 Feb 2010|| Walter Andre Leonard|
love your Zeppelins, started drawing floating houses when i saw them.
|19 Feb 2010|| Nathan Colpitts|
I love airships of all types, and I’ve searched the ’Wood repeatedly for good images, but until your pick got mod’s choice (congratulations on that, by the way!) I had never managed to find any that met my standards, as it were. These are completely awesome in all ways, and not only that, the settings are wonderfully well designed and thought out. Nicely done all ’round!
|24 Feb 2010|| Jennifer Suzanne Steier|
Was sooo happy to open your gallery and see that the thumbnail image matched your artwork, would have been seriously bummed if it was just a poser piece... great work, lover the creativity, even if I dont quite understand the whole tentacles and airships theme, I love them, great crisp details! Namaste Creator
|20 Jul 2010|| Andrea Loot|
You’re good with acrylics! Really, so much detail...I’m a painter as well, but finishing my work and doing small things and details is probably my weakest point...
Keep it up!
|13 Jan 2012|| Mika Lidström Bursvik|
I love all your stuff; reading where you got your inspiration truly makes sense because you have taken all the cool stuff there is out there and made it your own
|30 Sep 2012|| Faith Gerhardt|
Hello! Do you like werewolves or dragons? If you do can you please look at my gallery!
|1 Oct 2012|| John Elias Marston|