Thanks to my friend Christian Alzmann, I found out yesterday that I had won a silver medal in the Olympics of fantasy art- the Spectrum Fantastic Art annual! Spectrum has posted a video of the award announcements, and my painting was the first one announced by John Fleskes of Flesk Publishing (who is a super-great guy by the way!) The winning piece was Never the Twain. This is a painting first sketched in the fist few days after my brain surgery using my new re-found skills of sight.
"Never the Twain"
-From time to time in human history taste for different body types changes, but all types remain. Never are all types happy together at one time. Only human social structure prevents this equality from happening. Members of one society are prevented from differing in their tastes by ridicule, the threat of abandonment by others in the group, guilt and many other modes of social manipulation. I find these aspects of society no longer serve us in any positive way.
Thanks to Arnie and Cathy Fenner, and all the Judges for this honor. It is much appreciated, especially for illustrators such as myself who work primarily for movie and TV studios and have little chance for exposure of our work as individual artists.