Out of the Ether
2014 was a pivotal year into the land of Cameo Creeps.
Here’s how it started…
n 2014, a friend and fellow artist Travis Louie (check out his art here) asked me to create an original work for a horror exhibition called “Zombie” at the Last Rites Galley in New York City. I began conjuring images of horrible characters of long ago and jumped at the chance to participate in the exhibition.
The image that immediately came to mind was Hans Holbein’s famous painting of King Henry VIII. I love the detail of the fur-trimmed robe and opulent jewels. In addition, I’ve always been fascinated with the renaissance era and intrigued with the in-fighting, betrayal and despicable, power-driven personalities.
After completing my painting, Lamb to the Slaughter, I continued to develop different characters inspired by the renaissance era. Keeping it whimsical and fun, I gave each creepy character a name and back story to match their personality and portrait.
After showcasing these miniature cameo portraits at conventions, my intuition was right. They were a hit, and I was onto something! From there I created my first set of 12 Cameo Creeps, starting with Lord Warren Gwarth.
Lord Warren Gwarth belongs to a religious order of vampires, known as the Nosferatum, who are advisors to the eight Royal Courts. While their actions are shrouded in dark mystery, their influence can be felt throughout the Empty Kingdom.
He was appointed to counsel a young Dagonian Princess through a political scandal. An affair between the two quickly ensued. Such an action would prove unwise as Lord Warren Gwarth was beheaded by the King once the affair was discovered. His severed head was then attached atop a buoy along the inky black waters of Hatchet’s Canal as a reminder of the King’s power. In the end, even beheading Lord Gwarth would not silence him. It’s been told that passing ships would often hear his severed head discussing the Princess’ political scandal with seagulls.