If you asked me for a list of the best artists of our day, James Gurney would be at the top. I first discovered “Dinotopia” at the library when I was a little girl. I remember pouring over each page and being transported to a whole new work.
Now, as an artist, I am even more impressed with his work. His talent for making the unbelievable completely realistic is a skill that I greatly admire. One of the ways Gurney accomplishes this realism is by making small models of buildings and doing a detailed study with the correct lighting. His book “Color and Light” is an invaluable resource for any artist and is in my list of favorite art books.
I hope that these paintings were as inspiring to you as they are to me.