Getting these awards means the world to me. I just want to personally thank these great organizations for their recognition.
The Independent Publishers Book AwardThis award came as a surprise. I entered late and expected the same puzzled reaction that publishers had to my manuscript. To my surprise I had won an honorable mention in the â€œTen Outstanding Books of the Yearâ€ category, specifically the â€Most Original Concept of 2006.â€ I attended the ceremony in Washington and met some great and talented people at the IPPY Awards.
The Society of Illustrators Certificate of MeritIâ€™ve entered the Society of Illustrators competitions for many years now and this is my first award. I was really happy to get it but sad I couldnâ€™t attend the ceremony. My wife Michelle, however, made the trafficky trek into the New York City to accept this prestigious award for me. Sheâ€™s a keeper.
Spectrum Silver MedalSpectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantasy Art is a great book and art contest that has been going strong since the early nineties. Since itâ€™s inception it has grown tremendously at a very solid pace becoming a huge resource for art directors looking for fantasy, science fiction and comic art. I was really honored to get the Silver Medal in Spectrum 12 because my painting was judged by the top illustrators, art directors and sculptors in the field.