She gave me this amazing LOZ shirt (I officially have nerd gear now) and I gave her a stuffed animal! We had a little Pokemon Go date and chatted before we both had to go to bed and I’m so happy I got to meet her!
She’s such a sweetheart and has a lot on her shoulders right now, so if you feel like sending her some positive energy or thoughts I’m sure she would appreciate that.
It was so nice meeting you!! My life is complete and honestly it felt so amazing but natural to be like “I’ve never met you but I know you” haha.
“I was born and grew up in Boulder, Colorado. I had the Rocky
Mountains in my backyard, and I got to see the “summer of love” through
the eyes of an eleven year old in a college town. I watched Lost in
Space in the third grade, when G.I. Joe was new, and Star Trek after
that. Ray Harryhausen’s movies were favorites. Science Fiction and
Fantasy consumed my childhood. In my teens I discovered Tolkien’s Lord
of the Rings, and Dungeons and Dragons not long after. I’ve been
Role-Playing since 1977. As an adult I became fascinated with
Mythology, particularly transformative mythology and the hidden meanings
of Myth. Joseph Campbell is my guru. Google him.
I started drawing before I can remember. One of my earliest childhood
memories is of sitting on my dad’s lap as he drew funny cartoon animals
for me. Throughout my childhood I drew, and wrote stories, and combined
stories and pictures in comic books of my own making, for my own
After High School, I attended the Colorado Institute of Art in
Denver. It was primarily a design school, but they taught all of the
important basics. I worked in advertising for fourteen years. Toward the
end I began to plot my escape—I would either get a better class of work,
or I would hang up my brushes and get a real estate license.
Fortunately (or unfortunately?) for me, I got a better class of work.
It was at conventions, especially Dragon Con, that I met the people
who would open the door for me. One thing led to another, and suddenly I
was moving my family to Illinois, across the border from Lake Geneva,
Wisconsin, where I was the newest member of TSR’s art staff. It was a
skinny little window of opportunity that opened for the briefest moment.
I dived through.
Later, Wizards of the coast bought TSR and moved us to Washington State.
It was here in Washington, that my work began to really excel.
Designing the look and feel of Third Edition Dungeons and Dragons was
one of the high points of my professional career. How could I possibly
have more fun than designing dragons for D&D? I am very lucky, and
very happy in my work.
Washington became my children’s “home town,” and honestly—I love it here.
In 2000, Hasbro bought Wizards of the Coast and at the end of 2002,
dispensed with their art staff. One of the new CO’s was heard to say
that “fantasy artists are a dime a dozen.” Ouch.
In 2003 I released my first art book, Transitions, from Paper Tiger. The Tiger went belly up not long after my book released, and so it is difficult to find.
Since then I’ve been freelancing, doing work for publishers and
gaming companies and for private commissions. I did twenty-plus covers
for R.A. Salvatore’s Drizzt books, for C.J. Cherryh, Tad Williams, Marie
Brennan, and others. In the last few years my old story-telling muse
was reawakened. I’ve sold short stories, and am working on a novel for
DAW Books, to be released in May of 2016. There are other projects in
the works, including another art book.
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My first day with this glorious sword! :D (Tiny, huh?) couldn’t take my eyes of it!
Fun fact: This was actually one of the filming locations from the ‘Outlander’ series! I didn’t know it at the time (they hadn’t start filming yet), but how fun!