Getting these awards means the world to me. I just want to personally thank these great organizations for their recognition.
This 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 Outstanding Books of the Year category, specifically The Most Original Concept of 2006 I attended the ceremony in Washington and met some great and talented people at the IPPY Awards.
I'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 couldn't attend the ceremony. My wife Michelle, however, made the trafficky trek into the New York City to accept this prestigious award for me. She's a keeper.
Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantasy Art is a great book and art contest that has been going strong since the early nineties. Since it'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.