I have to confess that I have always loved science fiction/fantasy. Mostly the fantasy to be truthful. I think it started as a small child and the addition of fairy tales to the bedtime routine. I am an avid (I can read a paperback in two hours) reader and have read just about everything I can get my hands on. The Dragonriders of Pern, and all the rest of Ann McCaffrey's books, David Eddings, Wies and Hickman, Terry Goodkin and Marion Zimmer Bradley to name a few. The wonderful places that these books have taken me to are wonderfully exotic and different from my day to day life. They allow me to be, for the time that I am reading, the heroine, or the dragon rider that saves the day, or the elf, dwarf or human that helps save the world from evil. The featured artist I have chosen for today from Etsy has taken the characters that I see in my head when I read and put them on paper. She is well worth a look if you are remotely interested in fantasy art. Valorie has managed to capture the feel of the fantasy world perfectly in her work and every time I come across her shop I want to go pick up a book and escape for a short period of time back into that wonderful world of fantasy where I can be anything and conquer evil in 350 pages or less. (Give or take a hundred pages).