Painter of the mystical, otherworldly, sensual, and whimsical.

I'm a painter living and working in the beautiful finger-lakes region of Western New York State. I am also an avid gardener and nature lover, so the lush green rolling hills, gentle streams, and majestic lakes that surround my home in this world often appear in the fantasy worlds of my paintings.

Many of the pieces draw inspiration from folk tales, myths and legends. These "teaching tales" were what drew us together around our hearth-fires for centuries, and I believe those stories still carry power.

I enjoy looking at these ancient tales, through my eyes, and painting what I see, no matter if it's beautiful or disturbing. But what's more fun is when others can see those same paintings and find something within of value that speaks to their soul directly. I do not plan for this, but am honored when it happens, and, oh, yes, do love hearing about it every time that it happens. It reminds me that maybe we are not so different after all.

Glad to meet you, and please enjoy the paintings!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

In appreciation to my friends in the SCA for showing the love!

LaMagnifica Signora is thrilled to announce that, for the third (really? Third?) year in a row, she has won the Society for Creative Anachronism's (SCA's) prestigious William Blackfox award for excellence in Artwork published in an SCA publication.  As a result, she finally got on the stick (yeah, OK... ) and took care of creating that Zazzle account so that friends who would like prints of this particular piece can have them without needing to track me down. (October. It still sucks.) 

You know what? It wasn't really that hard... and once I made a simple poster, I had a little fun and made some more things, too. So, we have that same image commemorating the growth and history of this big, crazy party we've all been showing up to for the last 45 years available on some fun schwag, too... (Hey, everybody loves fun schwag!)  Visit LaMagnifica on Zazzle for high-quality wrapped canvas prints, posters, greeting cards, t-shirts, hoodies and other schwag are available.

Text on the shirts reads:
Berkeley, California, May 1966
Diana the Listmaker did plant a seed in her back yard and tend it well.

The SCA is one of the largest "geek subculture" groups, so opinions on it vary wildly among other geek groups. However, I found them when I was 18, which gave me a lot of time to do work within that world. Having a piece published as the cover of the booklet for the Pennsic War means 10,000 to 14,000 people will see it, if only for a minute. Do that twice and it becomes multiplied by two. Having a shop every year in a locale that couldn't possibly be more public is free advertising the likes of which the Devil himself would envy.  Some of the Pennsic War merchants duplicate the Renaissance Faire Circuit, so much of the same wild, creative energy appears, and every year I'm grateful that I found these folks so many years ago.  Even if you never join your local SCA group, Pennsic is a party not to be missed.

Signora Portia de Sancto Lucianno
Order of the Broche (Barony of Thescorre)
Order of the Sycamore (AEthelmearc)

William Blackfox Award:
Commended, AS 43 (2008)
Winner, AS 44 (2009)
Winner, AS 45 (2010)
Winner, AS 46 (2011)

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