Arafel print Double Matted
Acrylic on gessoed masonite
My sister knew how much I wanted to leave legal practice and become an illustrator. She wanted to encourage me and created a situation to do that. The great and kind Donald M. Grant had approached Carolyn to do a novella for him. She offered him Ealdwood - on condition that I have a chance to audition to do the interior art and the cover. He accepted me, I did the work, and I was hooked. I loved doing it and wanted to get better so I could attract more work of that kind. Later, DAW Books asked Carolyn to expand Ealdwood into a trilogy. The first novel was to be called The Dreamstone. Having done Ealdwood, I wanted my vision of Arafel on the cover, so I did an unsolicited painting and sent it to DAW. To my surprise, they used it.