Meet Our Artists

Meet Our Artists

Rob Carlos: As a precocious two year old, Rob Carlos was writing and drawing on any blank surface with anything that would mark it (much to his parents’ dismay). He loved superheroes and was particularly drawn (no pun intended) to Spiderman and Batman – his mother once told me that she started taping huge sheets of paper to the walls for him to draw on to both be able to keep his young artwork and to also protect these surfaces. Rob kept with his artwork, learning other media besides crayons and markers, throughout his primary school years. In high school, his creative nature led him into the world of Dungeons and Dragons.

When he wasn’t creating art, he was playing with friends – which only fueled his imagination with more interesting characters and creatures to illustrate and bring to life (and yes – he still plays when he can, but finds himself the Dungeon Master to our woebegone group of adventurers instead of playing. Don’t feel too badly for him, however. He is still using the games to fuel his artistic endeavors).

Rob started college in the mid-80s in New York at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) as a mechanical engineering major. He was told there was no money in art and thought he would make his living in a different field. However, after a short time, he found his way back into the art scene and transferred his major to fine art/illustration. He did not feel like he was learning much and could not relate to his instructors, so he left RIT and headed to Florida to try and get into the animation department at Disney.

Needless to say, Disney did not work out for Rob and he next found himself working as a graphic designer for a local printing company. He was working there when I met him – and still playing D&D with friends and drawing and painting whenever possible. Unfortunately, the printing company went bankrupt and he was unemployed. That was when I told him to just concentrate on his art. He started selling prints on his website and was asked to do some paintings for the Robert Jordan Wheel of Time TCG. In 2001, we came to the Puget Sound area.

Rob has a fairly extensive web site and has worked briefly with other forms of fantasy role playing games. Recently, Add an Accent® has begun working with Rob to offer six of his dragons as beautiful pewter figurines. They have also started putting his artwork on ceramic tiles. In 2007, Rob started showing his work at local science fiction and fantasy and gaming conventions. He is continuing the trend in 2008. Rob will continue to draw and breathe life into characters, monsters, and fantastical creatures for as long as they keep telling him their stories. May the stories never die…

Joan Marie: LIFE is MEANT to be FUN!....Let’s make EVERY DAY a CELEBRATION!!… spreading the JOY of being alive! At age 19 I was awestruck by Michelangelo’s Sistine Ceiling. Profoundly inspired by the incredible power of art, my life’s purpose to add positive energy to the world through art, became a burning passion!! Join me to raise the happiness level! My art career began with inspired ethereal drawings. Quickly these drawings received national and international agency representation, licensing my art and selling millions of products such as collector plates, transfers, stationery, puzzles… gracing book and magazine covers, and purchased by hundreds of private collections around the world. Inspired by music, ecstatic Abstract “Music Paintings” evolved. I intuitively transformed the energy of one’s favorite song into a wild and mystical abstract painting. Within months, these dynamic paintings were grandly displayed in Miami, Chicago, Denver and St. Louis Galleries. The response was explosive. I was elated, but craved the pure joy of my classically trained draftsmanship. Now I combine the delicate and loving realism from my fine art training with the fearless vitality of abstract painting. I am ecstatic to express the balance of these two worlds. Surrounding yourself with color feels like “LIVING LIFE on a RAINBOW!”

Jeff Haynie: Jeff calls his work "whimsical symbolism". His images of fanciful cats and decorative fish evolved from strong influences of Art Nouveau and Classical Realism. The symbolic elements in each painting point to an inspiring message of faith, hope and love. Jeff's work has been published by major corporations such as Disney, Pixar, Warner Brothers, DreamWorks, EA Games, Blizzard/Activision, Big Fish Games, American Airlines, Texas Instruments, Pepsi-cola, Frito-lay and Bic pens. He lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington with his wife Sherri and 5 furry children (cats).

"Fantasy art was always of interest to me. Growing up in southern Louisiana I was exposed to the decorative design and color of Mardi Gras, which had a big influence on my love for pattern detail and vivid color. As a kid, I spent a lot of time fishing in warm rivers of the South for bass, bream and catfish. As I would wade down the river fishing, the water and glistening highlights on the river bottom instilled in me a desire to depict dramatic light in my paintings. At school recess, I would find a tree to sit under and draw spaceships and creatures while all my classmates were playing on the playground. When I saw Frank Frazetta’s artwork for the first time, I knew I wanted to do fantasy art. His drama for light, color and stories made a big impression on my imagination.

I went to work for DreamWorks SKG in Los Angeles, California. Steven Spielberg's movies and stories had been an early inspiration for me, so the idea of being able to work for him was a dream come true and an incredible opportunity. As I was exposed to the ideas of entertainment design, motion graphics, visual storytelling, concept development, art direction for interactive game development, my paintings took a brand new direction. For the next 12 years I art directed as well as produced art for video games such as "Medal of Honor", "Small Soldiers", "Need for Speed", "Evil Dead", "Clive Barker's Undying", and "Vegas", for companies such as DreamWorks Interactive, Electronic Arts, THQ and Midway (now Warner Brothers).

During the day I would work on these games, and come home at night and work on my personal paintings of whimsical cats and fish. Stories began to emerge that reflect my faith and perspective on life as I created these images."

Hannah Lynn: I am a self-taught American artist, working out of my home studio in Idaho Falls, Idaho. I have been selling my artwork online, at events, and through licensed products since 2006. My childhood took place in Northern California, where I first discovered my passion. Like many artists, I have been obsessed with drawing and coloring ever since I can remember! Everything was right in the world when I got a new coloring book and a fresh box of colored pencils or crayons. It has always been a part of me: my first paid freelance job was back when I was just 11 years old (providing a colored pencil drawing of an American Bald Eagle for my science teacher's son as a birthday gift); I was the dedicated artist in every school group project; and after school I was the girl knocking on your door trying to sell you hand-drawn bookmarks for 50 cents each! When I wasn't at school, doing homework, or doing chores, I was drawing, writing, reading, or making something. I am a completely self-taught artist and earned my Associate's Degree in Business in 2007. I am happy as pie to be able to share my talent with the world and to make it my living!

My original artworks are created by hand, using watercolor pencil and ink on illustration board, using traditional materials and techniques. Sizes range from miniature (2.5"x3.5" up to 11"x14", although I can go a bit larger). At times I do work in acrylics on wood which allows me to paint a bit larger and use different techniques. I also do all of my own graphics for internet and product usage, and produce a lot of my own prints and products in-studio, and self-publish my own coloring books and trading cards. I currently license my artwork to outside companies for use on products such as cross-stitch charts, stationary, rubber stamps, and more. I love being able to offer my artwork on products I know people will use and enjoy!

Fans have been collecting my artwork from sites like eBay and Etsy for many years now, and hundreds of my original paintings and prints can be found in numerous personal collections all around the world. My fans are very special to me because I wouldn't be where I am today without their support! I look forward to a wonderful future of licensing more products, illustrating books, and painting more fun characters and artwork for all to enjoy :).

Randal Spangler: My artwork is created by using layers of colored pencil over a watercolor wash on brown colored museum board. This allows me to start my values in mid range and work towards both light and dark.
The brown paper helps me achieve rich, but muted, colors. My reproductions are produced by the giclee’ digital printing process on high quality paper or canvas with lightfast inks.
I began my art training in second grade in a one room school house (with outhouses) in Kirksville, Missouri. I attended high school in St. Louis, Missouri and after time in the navy, I ended up at the Kansas City Art Institute.
My subject matter is totally from my imagination, but is inspired from real life. I began with 2 house dragon characters and have built a world around them. Their world is based on my childhood on my grandparents’ farm, where my grandfather would smoke a pipe and tell us stories by the fire. From a child’s point of view, it was an ideal world. From adventures in my family's attic to discoveries in the old barn, these explorations began to shape my character and imagination. It was the 1950s, and the innocence of youth was alive and well. The smell and tastes of apple pie, fresh dinner rolls, succulent meats and delicious chocolate cookies fondly embraced me during those Sunday dinners on the farm. There was an unspoken satisfaction among my family for our hard work of growing and harvesting fresh fruits and vegetables from the orchard and garden. The world I have created is an expression of these childhood memories.

That little boy still remembers those special moments in that small town.

Aimee Stewart: Aimee Stewart gladly adopts the title 'Renaissance Woman', and for good reason. As a self taught artist, photographer and writer who has music in her soul and daydreams in her blood, she lives life as one giant creative endeavor.

In 1999, Aimee started dabbling in website design. By 2005, she had made the leap from simple graphics to experimental photomanipulation. And in the past six years, she has excelled in erasing the lines between 'digital' art and 'traditional' art, until only the inspired creation remains.

She is now a frequent guest writer for the international publication Advanced Photoshop Magazine, where she leads students through Masterclass tutorials on various photoshop technics. Her works have been published in numerous magazines throughout the world, allowing her to work with wonderfully diverse clientele.