I have been creating fantasy and science fiction art for over 40 years. After receiving a BFA degree from Western Kentucky, I married Betty Clemons and was drafted into the army almost at the same time. After two years in the service, I got a job at Fort Knox, Kentucky as an illustrator. In addition, I started freelancing at home and was published in a few magazines, including Heavy Metal and National Lampoon. During this time I produced my best work with my wife, our two children, Jennifer and Jeremy.
Eventually, I was contacted by TSR Inc., the company that produced the role playing game Dungeons & Dragons, and I went to work there from 1981 to 1987. While at TSR, I helped set the standards of gaming art in the role-playing genre. Besides creating covers for Dungeons & Dragons, AD&D, Star Frontiers and other gaming books, I created SnarfQuest Tales for the company’s Dragon Magazine. I may be best known for my work with the world of Dragonlance, exemplified by the covers of the DRAGONLANCE book series.
Since 1987, I’ve been working as a freelance illustrator, creating covers for comics, computer games, magazines, fantasy and science fiction books and many other projects. I have worked for other publishers such as BAEN books, Bantam, Warner Books, ACE/Berkley, Doubleday, and Del Rey. I am also the co-author of Runes of Autumn and creator of the Sovereign Stone series. In the gaming and comic industries, I have freelanced for TSR, Inc, FASA, Mayfair Games, Game Designer’s Workshop, White Wolf, Iron Crown Enterprises, Dragon Magazine, Amazing Magazine, Wizard Press, D. C. Comics, First Comics, Eclipse Comics and Frank Frazetta’s Fantasy Illustrated. Miscellaneous credits include LJN Toys, Mattel, Lucas Films, Tonka, Monogram Models, Western Publishing, Sony Entertainment’s EverQuest, and various computer game covers.
ORIGINAL PAINTINGS AND DRAWINGS FOR SALE:
During my long career as an illustrator, I have sold my paintings, sometimes only days after a painting was finished, so now I have very few paintings left that were painted before 2012. The "big name" pieces, such as D&D box covers, Dragonlance book covers, and painting related to those two topics were sold over the years. I am saving a few paintings to pass on to my children.
Earlier in my career I would take a couple of originals to sell at conventions that I was attending, and also, there were times that I would sell a few paintings either on eBay or my website. I never really posted all my paintings on my websites nor shown them all outside of my studio. Many of my paintings were sold to people that would contact me directly either by phone or email. Therefore, I have only a few paintings left to sell.
I am now 67 years old and I will continue to draw and paint, mainly for my own enjoyment, I will NEVER stop painting and drawing. I do not do a lot of publishing work anymore, the main reason is that I am tired of being "art directed"...to death! I would rather paint my own ideas.
On this site, I will start posting original paintings that are for sale. I have around 25 pieces left that were painted before 2012 and maybe only two or three painted after 2012. Everything else has been sold.
I will be posting about two or three original drawings and/or paintings each month, they can be purchased on a first come basis.
PRIVATE COMMISSION PAINTINGS:
Most of my new paintings are private commissions where I have a LOT of input. I basically have two ways of doing this. The first way is the client and I work together on subject matter, size and price and, of course, we work on an idea that BOTH of us would like to see painted. The second way, and the way I would prefer it, is that I will paint private commission paintings with less input.
Let me explain; during my career, 90% of my paintings have had some type of art direction, sometimes almost 95% art directed. I do not want to do this anymore! I want to be free to paint my ideas or my interpretation of an idea for private commissions.
Also later on this year and into 2017, I will be posting in depth preliminary drawings of paintings that I want to do, including sizes and prices. They will be sold on the "first come, first served" basis. As of now I am booked through at least Jan 2017.
ORIGINAL AND COMMISSION PRICING:
The price of original paintings begins at $5,000.
The price of commissioned drawings begins at $500.
For any other questions please contact me or either James or Sandra Simpson through this website.