Photo credit: Sandra Buskirk
Stephanie Law's work is an exploration of mythology mixed with her
personal symbolism. Her art journeys through surreal otherworlds,
populated by dreamlike figures, masked creatures, and winged shadows.
The fantastical permeates through the visions, and you get a sense
that this is a world that underlies our own, when viewed with a desire
for beauty, and a shifted perception for the potential within the
kernel of all.
Archetypes, the basis for the universal appeal of mythological
concepts, are one of the defining inspirations for her imagery. This
is mingled with the movement of dance. Stephanie has been a dancer for
almost two decades, and she uses that experience of how the human body
moves and emotes to create a bridge into her artwork so that not only
do the humans dance across the page, but the very branches of her
trees seem to move with a sinuous grace, and the arrangement of
inanimate elements has a choreographed rhythm and flow.
She began her illustration career working with many fantasy gaming
companies. Early on, she did pieces for Wizards of the Coast in Magic:
the Gathering and Forgotten Realms, as well as with Skotos Tech
(Castle Marrach), White Wolf (Changeling), Alderac Entertainment
(Legend of Five Rings), and Green Ronin (Blue Rose). She also worked
with publishing companies LUNA Books,Tachyon Books and Palazzo
In 2004, she embarked on a more personal long term project of what
eventually was released in 2009 as The Shadowscapes Tarot, by Llewllyn
Publishing. The tarot was an ideal melding of her fantasy experience
with her desire for exploring archetypes and mythology. Since then,
she has worked with Llewellyn Publishing on other projects, including
an astrological calendar and an herbal guide. She currently has a new
deck in the works, called the Dreamdance Oracle. She is also known for
her series of watercolor technique books, "Dreamscapes", published
through Impact Books, showing anyone how to pick up pencil and brush
and embark on their own explorations into painting fantastic worlds
and the creatures that inhabit them.
Her recent work features insects, imaginative plants, and fae
creatures, interwoven into a miniature world that is often overlooked,
when size and physical permanence is equated with importance.
When not painting into the twilight hours, she can be found dancing,
playing on her handpan or piano, and introducing her six year old
daughter to the hidden beauties of the world.