I have been drawing and painting most of my life. I got my first taste of painting in high school and National Art Honor Society, where I was a prominent member and came terribly close to making it my major in college. I now, of course, wish that I had.
Therefore, yes, I am almost entirely self-taught. After a several year hiatus into the left-brained world (I am a Summa Cum Laude graduate with a Computer Science major with a Mathematics minor), I became interseted in artwork once again in an unfamiliar place. My husband is military, and upon joining him in South Korea for a year, I found myself somewhat lonely and in need of some artistic expression. This is when my digital art began.
Since then, I've forayed into graphic design and made it the starting point of my career. ObsidianDawn.com is where I focused my artistic skills after a few years dabbling in digital painting. I began to create Photoshop resources for others to use in their own work, and sold licenses to companies such as HBO, Mattel, Electronic Arts, and more. I was featured in a plethora of magazines, as well - ImagineFX, Adobe Proxy, Photoshop Creative, Elements, Advanced Photoshop, and many more.
Now, however, my career is taking yet another turn - back toward Illustration.
As an illustrator, I've been featured in the book Creative Minds, awarded an Editor's Choice Award on CG Society for "Some Clouds Have Wings" and a Daily Deviation Award on deviantArt for "A Soldier's Heart," had my concept art featured as a promotional image by Evolution Vault, and produced artwork for several book covers.
I've worked as a concept artist, on book cover design, and numerous personal commissions. I'm also looking to get into role-playing game and collectible card game artwork.
You can also follow my work in various external galleries: