Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Stunning Watercolor Paintings by Stephanie Law

Stephanie Pui-Mun Law is a painter and an illustrator based in Oakland, California. After finishing her graduation in Computer Science, she worked for a software company for about three years. She used to look forward to get home so she could pick up a brush and paint, she enjoyed getting herself lost in the imaginative worlds over the job where she was staring into the computer screen.

Her work is a fusion of rich texture, watercolor, gold and silver leaf, and ink, using these materials she creates the most intricate layered pieces with resin before housing them is custom designed frames. I was equally fascinated by the frames as they work as the extension to the paintings, for example: the painted wings of a raven continue to be the part of the wooden frame.

She is inspired by the mythology, legend, and folklore, and her own experience as a dancer for over two decades influences her artwork too. "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 branches of her trees move with a sinuous grace, and the arrangement of inanimate elements has a choreographed rhythm and flow."

Her paintings have been featured by numerous game clients and publications including HarperCollins, LUNA Books, Tachyon Books, Alderac Entertainment, and Green Ronin. She has authored and illustrated Dreamscapes, Dreamscapes: Myth & Magic and Dreamscapes: Magical Menagerie. She has also illustrated the best-selling tarot deck - the Shadowscapes Tarot.