USA: Niles, Ohio (OH), Original oil paintings, drawing, charcoals & pencils, drawings and prints.
Over Ruth Thompson
Looking back over 20 years, I think it took a strange and wonderful combination to make me the professional fantasy artist I am today.
In high school I discovered Dungeons & Dragons and the Dragonlance books by Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman. I fell in love and to this day, in my 40's, I still play role-playing games. But the most important part was discovering the bookcovers of artist Larry Elmore. Oh wow, mythology that lived & breathed!
I got married and started a career in the role-playing industry as an illustrator. Neither stuck, thank God! I think I learned that being safe is not for me. In 1994, I discovered how to squish my love of fantasy, art, camping and horses into a passion--Renaissance Festivals! I now have 7 shops in states all over the country.
In 2007, at 40 years old, everything changed in my life and it's because of destiny, love and World of Warcraft. So, there I was in January, finally divorced, struggling with the business.
Alwyn Soden was his name, he was an Aussie Country Bloke.
We talked 24/7 on Gtalk as I was working, painting and even sleeping! He flew over to the US at the beginning of June and when I met him at the Cleveland Airport it was like I was coming home for the first time. I burst into tears and he laughed, snuggled me close, telling me "It's alright love, I'm here now."
Alwyn has helped me recreate the business -- RedRooArt. Named because he's an Aussie, my nickname growing up was "Roo" and we make art. Oh and I love the color red!