News from Stark Raven Studios: Dan and Saga's blog about blacksmithing, art, and daily life and  work on their tiny Wisconsin Northwoods homestead.

My First Folklore Image

I have always been fascinated with legends, myths and folklore. for as far back as I can remember, I was drawing pictures of dragons and princesses, with gowns flowing, awaiting her prince. I was endlessly entertained by stories of Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty among many many other tales. When I wasn't drawing pictures of legendary characters, my play revolved around some of the stories I was read as a child.

When I got into highschool, my Freshman English class had a segment about Greek Mythology and we read things like The Odyssey and Illiad. My drawings grew to include these wondrous characters as well. I had classes in both Greek and Roman Mythology, which made my curiosity about folklore grow even more.

In my early 20s. I discovered Norse  and Celtic folklore and the basis for stories like Sleeping Beauty, based roughly on the Story of Brunhilde and Siegfried. I could not get enough of these stories. I still can't. And, I still find myself obsessively illustrating aspects of them. 

Yggdrasil - The World Tree

Yggdrasil - The World Tree

In the past 20 years, much of my focus has been on Norse folklore and it was when I was just into my 30s that I did my first serious illustration depicting a story from Norse folklore. I painted my interpretation of the World Tree, Yggdrasil. I am still enchanted by this painting.

I sold the original years ago, but was thinking ahead and had prints made. I have sold a few and given some as gifts. Now, I'd like to offer them to the public with a special price in order to share my love of the old stories the best way I know how....through illustrating them.