My first exposure to fantasy and science fiction art was probably through playing old tabletop roleplaying games back in the day. The artwork littered throughout those old sourcebook tomes was always present alongside our imaginations. While playing, they helped us travel somewhere fantastic, unique, dangerous and fun.
I grew to love the fantasy genre so much it ended up affecting much of my life. When I drew, it was dragons. When I wrote, it was stories of adventure. Even when I got into sports, I chose fencing, because of swords and history. After all of this, I ended up working in one of the biggest make-believe fantasy industries in the world: Film Visual Effects.
I have had the pleasure of working as an animator and visual effects artist for a number of years, always calling on my background of drawing and art to help my imagination along. I ended up moving from Australia to sunny New Zealand and have had the amazing opportunity to work with the folks at Weta Digital.
While not animating, I would always find myself returning to my artistic roots, and still being enthralled by the fantasy genre. Who would have thought that, 20 years after rolling dice around on my kitchen table, I would still be drawing dragons, this time for some of the companies who made the same games I loved so much as a young kid!
I am so excited to see the fantasy style having a comeback in recent years, and love being a part of the board game and tabletop renaissance. What better place to be working in illustration and film than in Wellington, New Zealand? Wellington has become a creative hot-spot for those born and bred here and those who have found their way here from all corners of the globe and share an interest in art and imagination.
I tend to focus on fantasy characters. I like creating an image of a make-believe personality that, for a brief moment, a viewer can make real and imagine accompanying them on exciting adventures. For my roleplaying game illustrations, I try to create a character that I would be happy playing as, with or against. I like to think there is an intuitive link between the gamer who views the work and myself.
I am looking forward to where this journey through fantasy art takes me, and I am proud and humbled to feature in this anthology of so many amazing artists.