About Drawn From Myth
Born by the sea to a sail-maker and an English teacher, I spent much of my youth drawing and exploring the world through a variety of projects. My father introduced me to oil painting at the age of ten, and taught me sewing, cooking, and carpentry skills as well. My mother is a skilled calligrapher and seamstress, and is responsible for cultivating my love of history and travel.
My interests in art continued to grow throughout adolescence. In high school I worked in ceramics and photography (film developing) in addition to painting and drawing. After graduating, I briefly attended an art academy, which exposed me to sculpture, traditional painting, and art history: the latter of which opened the door to new passions.
In the early 2000s, I spent much of my time in private study of history, specifically mythology, the “Celts” of the Iron Age, and some of Viking Age Scandinavia (my ancestry consists primarily of Scandinavian and Scottish). It was during this time that I also began to create fantasy-themed art with watercolors, and try my hand at graphite portraits. My interests in art, history, and mythology began to knit together and became the foundation of my identity today.
After fifteen years out of school, I enrolled back into college full-time in 2015. In 2019, I completed two bachelor’s degrees: the primary degree in History with a concentration in public & museum studies (heavily focusing on European cultures). My chosen era/culture of study was and continues to be Northern European history, specifically the cultures previously mentioned. Over the years, I've been involved with various history-related ventures, including archaeology excavations, post-exc lab work, and touring with a Viking warship. These eras and cultures, as well as folklore, music, and other artists serve as inspiration for many of my creations. My second degree is in Art & Design with a concentration in painting, although I consider my work largely "self-taught."
In addition to creating, I love to travel when I can, constantly keeping my heart open for a place I can call home.
Favorites & Inspirations
Artists: Frank Frazetta, Ken Kelly, Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell, H.R. Giger, Norman Rockwell, Edmund Blair Leighton, John William Waterhouse, James Abbott McNeil Whistler, David Delamare, Jonathan Earl Bowser, Jane Starr Weils, Stephanie Pui-mun Law, Linda Ravenscroft, Leonardo da Vinci, Sandro Botticelli, Gian Lorenzo Bernini
Art Movements: Realism, Naturalism, Baroque, Pre-Raphaelite, Romanticism, Art Nouveau, Fantasy
Literature: The Silmarillion (J.R.R. Tolkien), Kalevala (compiled by Elias Lönnrot), Táin Bó Cúailnge & Irish Cycles (Celtic Mythology), Poetic Eddas / Scandinavian sagas (Norse Mythology), The Mabinogion (Welsh Mythology), Anthology of Children's Literature (Johnson, Sickels, and Sayers), Women Who Run with the Wolves (Clarissa Pinkola Estés), other cultural folktales, legends, mythologies.
Power Metal, Symphonic Metal, Traditional Metal, Thrash, Neoclassical Metal, Heavy Metal, etc.
Classic Rock, Goth-n-Roll, 80s Pop, Celtic, folk/ambient/instrumental (like Wardruna, Gunship, Antti Martikainen).
Classics from Chopin to Vivaldi, the Rat Pack to Elvis, Neil Diamond to John Denver, and more.
Tools of the Trade
Grounds: Primed Masonite or other board primed, Stretched Canvas, Strathmore papers.
Paints: Windsor-Newton, Grumbacher