I have been an ardent Tolkien admirer from my first reading of The Lord of the Rings, and The Hobbit back in the early 70’s. And although I have pursued other artwork subjects over the years, the love of illustrating Tolkien, especially the aforementioned books, has never deserted me and has become an ever evolving passion.
Painterly influences are many, sadly too many to list here. But here are a few major ones: John Constable (my favourite artist of all time), Caravaggio, Van Eyck, J. W. Waterhouse, and the Pre-Raphaelites. Illustrators include H. G. Ford and Gustav Dore. Contemporary illustrators: Inga Moore, Jim Fitzpatrick, and of course, Alan Lee (long before his rise to prominence in the Tolkien world) and John Howe who was the illustrator of my first ever Tolkien calendar, which was a influential, brotherly gift a long, long time ago … (And yes, I still have it!)