Art is not just a part of my life. It IS my life. It gives me breath.
We are eternally entwined.
Who am I?
There are very few artists in the world who concentrate on or have the rare opportunity to create iconic movie posters. As a freelance illustrator and painter, I have been working within the motion picture and publishing industries for over 20 years and am considered one of the few “seventh art”1 devotees who keep this time-honored tradition alive.
Most often hired for science fiction, adventure, and action movie posters and film illustrations as well as sci-fi book covers, I specialize in hand-painted, realistic concept art and pre-production art that captures my subjects with pinpoint accuracy and style. My work gives life to legendary characters, creating resonance and momentum with audiences well before movie release dates and well beyond the imposed limitations of box office timelines.
1Italian film theoretician Ricciotta Canudo came up with the expression “seventh art” in a manifesto published in 1911, in which he argued that the cinema synthetized the spatial arts (architecture, sculpture, and painting) with the temporal arts (music and dance).
What makes my artwork different?
My background in costume design, costume/pattern making (specifically antique costumes and armor), vintage fashion consulting, and jewelry design provides a distinct advantage when detailing both historical and futuristic costumes for my subjects. My enthusiasm and passion for merging fashion, film, and artistry culminates in unique concepts focused on true perfection.
Where did it all begin?
An artist since youth, one could not find me without pencil and paper in hand. My mother tells me this talent—along with my tenacity, perfectionism, and imaginative expression—stems from my French grandfather, a pre-WWII portrait artist who made his name in Montmartre.
I’ve always been a movie buff, but my fascination for movie posters, sci-fi, and everything mystical started when I was 14; that’s when I saw my first Star Wars film and began focusing my artistic endeavors on movie subject matter. I must have filled box upon box of drawings with actors and movie scenes, both real and imaginary. As my talent quickly developed, an artistic plateau soon followed. I became dissatisfied with my drawings; they were missing the colors and textures that I wanted to express. And so, I began my training in oil.
It wasn’t until a couple of years later when I had a “revelation” and my work transformed. While working on an oil painting of Raiders of the Lost Ark, I realized that I was able to capture not only characters’ likenesses but also their genuine essence. It was a true turning point for me in how I approached my subject matter.
As I turned to formal training at the Ecole Nationale SupÈrieure des Beaux-Arts, I honed my skills by experimenting with acrylic, gouache, watercolor, graphite, charcoal, and pastels. Exploiting these media gave me the proficiency to render both realistic and stylistic drawings and paintings. Here, I also developed my aptitude for storyboarding, animation, character design, and matte painting. Years later, my penchant for costume design and historical fashions expanded not only my artistic repertoire, but also the impact of my work as a whole.
What does my artwork evoke?
My work is defined by three words: LOOK and SEE
Influenced by prolific entertainment industry illustrators, cinematic artists, graphic designers, painters, and fantasy/science fiction artists—both past and present—I studied movie poster art/key art, album covers, book/magazine covers, calendars, and anything else I could get my hands on to perfect my craft.
Inspired by the greatness of the heroes and heroines I portray, my own movie posters and portraits are celebratory and evocative, compelling viewers to enter their worlds—to “see” far beyond the surface. I enjoy opening doors to these fictional worlds, allowing the audience to weave intricate stories that unfold within the mind’s eye.
What are my notable contributions?
During my early years as a freelance illustrator for the Company Courleciel, a high-quality Lucasfilm magazine, I was commissioned for high-profile illustrations and posters for Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark anniversary posters. I have recently completed movie posters for X-Men: First Class and Sherlock Holmes: Games of Shadows.
Now, if I had to pick one project as my legacy to date, I would say the poster I created for Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. The film has great importance in my life as it was the last film from the last trilogy and the poster itself is the single most representative piece of work that illustrates what my work is all about: it merges the sense of nostalgia with futuristic themes into one underlying visual message to capture, intrigue, and oftentimes surprise, viewers.
When all is said and done, if I’ve created compelling movie posters that awe moviegoers for generations to come—that prompt young teenagers of the future to stick my work on their bedroom walls—then I’ve done my job correctly. That would be my own personal legacy, my super power!