Magical Gratitude: Fantasy Art

- by Pati Nagle

Post a comment about your favorite fantasy artist for a chance to win a copy of HEART OF THE EXILED!

I’m deeply grateful for the fact that I grew up surrounded by magic and fairies.

My mother had pictures of Queen Titania and other magical beings hanging around the house, fairies drawn by wonderful artists like Margaret Tarrant and Sulamith Wülfing. As I child I spent hours gazing at these images. What child wouldn’t be enchanted by a serene angel with wings of peach fading to lavender, holding a bouquet of flowers, with rabbits clustered at her feet?

My mother also taught me to love nature and the outdoors, as she did. She was always taking us on hikes and pointing out the local wildflowers, teaching us their names. A favorite early memory of mine that mixed nature and magic was a walk she and other moms led my brownie troop on. We strolled along the bottom of a canyon near our town on a summer afternoon, looking at flowers and scaring ourselves with imagined patches of poison ivy. Eventually we came to a tree covered with lollipops. The brownies gleefully denuded the tree of its treasures. I’ve always suspected my mom came up with that one.

As a child I devoured all the of Andrew Lang’s “colored fairy” books: The Blue Fairy Book, The Violet Fairy Book, and on and on. Later I fell in love with Tolkein’s world of elves and dwarves and hobbits and other fascinating creatures. With this background, it isn’t surprising that of all the various genres I’ve written, my favorite is fantasy.

Heart of the ExiledI still love fantasy art, and have pictures of elves and fairies on my walls. They inspire me to write stories set in worlds full of magic, where light triumphs over darkness. I’m fortunate to be able to entice visitors to my magical realms. I’m also fortunate to have beautiful covers, fantasy art created to illustrate my imaginings. The cover of my latest novel, Heart of the Exiled, is my favorite of all my book covers so far. It captures the same magical feeling that held me breathless as a child.


  1. One of my favorite fantasy artists is Chelsea Gaither, a young woman who lives in Corpus Christi, Texas, and who designed the cover for book 4 of my Portals series (Sister Hoods).
    She’s still pretty much an unknown, but she possesses talent. I’m rooting for her to gain the audience and the recognition that she deserves.
    I love the cover of your new book. And the excerpt makes me want to read more.

  2. I love Stephanie Pui-Mun Law,, very etherial.
    Also the illustrators of the early 1900s, Charles Robinson, Kay Nielson, Virginia Sterrett, W H Robinson, and John W Waterhouse.

    Can’t wait for my copy to come! Linda

  3. One of my early favorites is Jody Lee. I love her covers for Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar books. Which were among the first fantasy novels I read when I found the genre in the early 90′s. I also love Nene Thomas. There are several others but I cant remember them all right now.I have collected fantasy art at Con Art shows-Mostly Bubonicon! for the last 19 years!

  4. Now I have to go look some of these artists up! Thanks for posting, folks!

  5. I was older when my fascination with fantasy sparked. I think I always liked the idea of faeries and magic and such, but it was nothing too important to me then. Now however, I love all things fantasy.

    CONGRATULATION!! Finally! The release of Heart of the Exiled. It feels like I’ve been waiting such a long time. But I know it’s going to be worth the wait. I enjoyed The Betrayal immensely. My mom and i had to order our copies at Borders yesterday. Drove all the way out there, but they don’t have any in stock. Not sure why, but that’s the nice thing about Borders, you can order in store and have it shipped to your house with free shipping. It was mailed out this morning so our copies should be in the mailbox by the end of the week!

  6. Thanks, Amy! Sorry you and your mom had to drive so far and then be disappointed. Hope your copies arrive soon!

  7. Lovely cover!

  8. And the winner of the copy of HEART OF THE EXILED is…

    Pat Blair!

    Congrats, Pat! Email me your snail mail address and I’ll send you your book!

  9. I absolutely love Tolkien! I had the privilege of taking a Tolkien class in college and we had a blast!