Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Galadriel and Her Mirror

With Anastasia. Based on the character created by J.R.R. Tolkien.


The Greek god Pan startles a visitor to his shrine.
With model Nathan Lewis.

Winter Solstice 2012

Merry Yule. Happy Solstice.
With the graceful dancer and gentleman Paul David
Reindeer reference by Roswitha Schrom

Fallowblade U.S. Novel Cover

Book cover for Australian author Cecilia Dart-Thornton's novel "Fallowblade" for the U.S. Market.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Anne Rice Recommends My Art Book

Very grateful for Anne Rice's post on her facebook page regarding my new art book. Thank you, Anne, for your generous words, and for being among the first to order my book. 

"Good Morning, People of the Page. I know many of you are familiar with the dazzling and amazing art of our Ran Valerhon. I want to recommend his new book. My copy just arrived and I've been enjoying it. I feel a kinship with Ran as an artist; his rich, sensuous representational pictures put me in mind of what I aim for when I write my "realistic" narratives seeking to speak through real characters in real time and in a real place about all manner of subjects. Anyway, here's the link for ordering:"

---Anne Rice

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Io Pan!

The Greek god of the wilderness, famed for chasing around nymphs and scaring the hell out of people wandering in woods (hence the word "panic"). Of course, that phallus might have been the source of the panic in some.

For my gay pagan friends.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Autumn's Witch

With Ida Mary Walker. The Autumn Witch and her familiars on Hallowe'en.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Good And Evil

With Alex Kovas in his humanimal personas, Beatriz Lopez, mua, and photographer Erik Erxon.
But which is good, and which is evil?

Friday, September 21, 2012

Galadriel In Rivendell

Inspired by the Gorgeous Cate Blanchet

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Bilbo and the Spiders of Mirkwood

Bilbo Baggins encounters the spiders of Mirkwood, descendants of the dread Shelob. I did this work to commemorate Tolkien Week. One of my favorite authors.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Lestat and the Violin

Anne Rice's brat prince of a vampire, Lestat. He's in your bedroom with his violin. Want a serenade?
Inspired by actor Matt Bomer. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Vampire Lestat album cover

My imagining of an album cover that might have accompanied Lestat's album during his rockstar days. Based on the character created by novelist Anne Rice.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

A Nazgul with his flaming sword searches for the One Ring for his master, Sauron. A flock of black crebain, the spies of the Dark Enemy, assist.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Pan 2012

Collaboration with Simon Barnes (Hotsnapz!) and model Nick Sax

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Reuben Golding and Reuben At My Window

Character portraits for Anne Rice's Reuben Golding, the new hero for her novel "The Wolf Gift" which is quite excellent. Matt Bomer is the inspiration for the character according to Anne, so I tried to capture his vibe as he and his man-wolf alter-ego leap across rooftops of San Francisco.
Here's a link to my review of the book:

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Love Suffers

Speedpaint for Valentine's Day. Eros biting himself to get through the pain of loneliness. Model: Miroslav.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Thor in Asgard

Fan piece of Thor and Odin with Asgard backdrop. Just something for fun.

Model: Chris Hemsworth

Ganymede and the Eagle

The story of a young man named Ganymede who the god Zeus falls in love with and carries to Mount Olympus to serve as cupbearer to the gods. Model: Jake Gallaspie.

Sunday, January 8, 2012


Book cover for the marvelous Kerry Greenwood's novel by the same title for Clan Destine Press. The Trojan Horse in her story is the size of a real horse, and made of bronze. 

Check out: Clan Destine Press

Friday, January 6, 2012

Heaven's Embrace

Model: Felix D'Eon

I was in the mood to do something blue and with a lot of energy.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Wolf Gifted

Fan art created for Anne Rice, inspired by her new novel Wolf Gift released February 14. 2012.

The time is the present.

The place, the rugged coast of Northern California. A bluff high above the Pacific. A grand mansion full of beauty and tantalizing history set against a towering redwood forest.

A young reporter on assignment from the San Francisco Observer . . . An older woman welcoming him into her magnificent family home that he has been sent to write about and that she must sell with some urgency . . . A chance encounter between two unlikely people . . . An idyllic night—shattered by horrific unimaginable violence, the young man inexplicably attacked—bitten—by a beast he cannot see in the rural darkness . . . A violent episode that sets in motion a terrifying yet seductive transformation, as the young man, caught between ecstasy and horror, between embracing who he is evolving into and fearing what he will become, soon experiences the thrill of the wolf gift.

As he resists the paradoxical pleasure and enthrallment of his wolfen savagery and delights in the power and (surprising) capacity for good, he is caught up in a strange and dangerous rescue and is desperately hunted as “the Man Wolf” by authorities, the media, and scientists (evidence of DNA threatens to reveal his dual existence) . . . As a new and profound love enfolds him, questions emerge that propel him deeper into his mysterious new world: questions of why and how he has been given this gift; of its true nature and the curious but satisfying pull towards goodness; of the profound realization that there may be others like him who are watching—guardian creatures who have existed throughout time who possess ancient secrets and alchemical knowledge. And throughout it all, the search for salvation for a soul tormented by a new realm of temptations, and the fraught, exhilarating journey, still to come, of being and becoming, fully, both wolf and man.