1. Please tell us about yourself.
I live in Sydney, Australia and own a marketing agency for technology companies. I have worked in the IT industry for many years.
I was born in the 70s and my childhood interests revolved around tinkering with computers, reading science fiction and fantasy novels, Dungeons and Dragons, and art. Strangely enough, none of that has changed much over the years.
I collect painted illustrations. Mainly science fiction and fantasy art produced for book covers and calendars, as well as the occasional comic related painting. My collection spans art from the US and UK, from the early 70s to recent years.
2. Which is your favorite piece and why?
I have been fortunate enough to acquire some very well known sci-fi and fantasy paintings, from some of the most talented and famous artists in the field. A few of my paintings have been exhibited in museums and public art galleries, and several have received major art awards.
But the painting which holds a special place in my collection has never received an award, and is one of my smallest paintings – Deliverance by Glen Orbik. It was painted in 2002 for the cover of American Century #13 by Vertigo/DC Comics. Using tones of red, yellow and black, Orbik has produced the most incredibly dramatic and emotionally intense scene. It is a truly unforgettable painting.
3. How long have you been collecting?
My interest in illustration started in the 80s – mainly sparked by the wonderful covers produced by TSR (Wizards of the Coast) for the various Dungeons and Dragons games and novels, and the calendars produced by Boris Vallejo.
To start with I simply bought art books, calendars, and the occasional poster – they were all I could get hold of here in Australia, and certainly all I could afford at the time.
In 2004 Clyde Caldwell decided to sell some of his original paintings from his website – so I bought my first original painting in this field - “Legends” - an iconic painting from the Dragonlance series of novels and games by TSR.
But I didn’t buy my second painting until 2007. That was when I finally discovered the annual Spectrum art books by Arnie Fenner, and first contacted art dealer Jane Frank from World of Wonders. I learned a lot simply by reading the Spectrum books and studying the back issues of Jane’s extraordinary World of Wonders art catalogs. My eyes were well and truly opened, and my collection has been growing rapidly ever since.
4. How do you display or store your art?
I generally frame paintings – unless I think they are too light sensitive to display. My preference is to frame my art under UV reduction glass to help reduce potential damage from dust and light.
I don’t have enough wall space to hang everything, so I always have some paintings in storage. I regularly shuffle paintings around, so I have installed art track to make that easier.
5. What are your top five wanted pieces?
I am not a “grail piece” collector. I have pretty wide ranging tastes, so there always seems to be something to tempt me.
But I do like to progressively buy multiple paintings from my favorite artists, and build up a representative sample of their work.
Over the next few years, I can certainly see myself buying more paintings from John Berkey and Boris Vallejo.
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