No matter what they say, we all judge a book by its cover. Special thanks to these artists and photographers who have made Sibling Rivalry Press titles easy on the eyes. Show the love! Visit their sites, go to their shows, follow their careers, buy their work! Each of these folks is amazing in their own right, and we’re proud to be associated with them.
Christine Blu Ashton – Cover Artist, Voices Through Skin
Christine Blu Ashton works in various mediums including oil, acrylic, charcoal, digital paintings and photography. Her work often features the human figure in an attempt to convey strong, sometimes dark and passionate emotions. She is inspired by music and good writers and credits the man in her life (a talented writer in his own right) for encouraging her to continue to create.
Christopher Benbow – Cover Photographer, When the Only Light Is Fire
Christopher Benbow has been a photographer for many years. He has been classed as an ambassador of light painting and is one of the best night photographers in the world. He has even coined his own word for what he does; “Noctography” is Chris’ life. It’s that into which he throws all his energy.
Ashley Blazawski – Cover Artist, Burnings
Ashley Blazawski is a photographer, painter, illustrator, and graphic artist from central Connecticut. She is currently studying to become a graphic artist for a magazine and a painting teacher for university/college students. She primarily paints and takes her camera everywhere she goes. Everything around her is inspiration, especially people.
Catskills Photography – Cover Photographer, Shine
Angus Clyne – Cover Photographer, Road Work Ahead
Angus Clyne is a woodturner living and working in rural Perthshire (UK), producing wooden vessels and sculptures using native woods from his workshop and showroom in Murthly. His work is also available from galleries throughout the United Kingdom.
Nico Corvalán – Cover Photographer, Ganymede Unfinished
Nico claims there’s nothing interesting about him. We disagree. We could spend days gazing at the photos on his Flickr photostream. We admit it. We have a little crush on him.
Linda Costa – Cover Photographer, After This We Go Dark
Linda Costa’s photographs are light painted portraits – long exposures created in complete darkness using controlled lighting. All the special effects achieved in her images are done in the moment of taking the photograph, using experimental lighting techniques, not computer graphics. She is known for performing light painting at live events. In these performances her work is fueled by the energy the audience shares. She is a native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and credits her tropical roots for her love of people, color, and movement. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and daughter.
Radoslaw Czyrnek – Cover Photographer, “A Tree Full of Honey”
Michael DiMotta – Cover Artist, Skin Shift
Michael J. DiMotta is a graduate from Maryland Institute College of Art, where as an Illustration Major, he studied sequential art and illustration. Production design, portraits, architectural renderings, editorial illustration, children’s work and book covers are a few of the many experiences demonstrating Michael’s versatility as a free lance illustrator and story-teller.
Bil Donovan – Cover Artist, Lady Business
Bil Donovan is an artist, fashion illustrator, and educator. He has studied at The Art Students League, Parsons, and The School of Visual Arts, where he earned a BFA. Fulfilling a lifelong dream, he embarked on a three-month sojourn to Europe to experience life, art, and opportunity. Three months evolved into seven years of living and working in Milan and Paris. Donovan credits this invaluable experience in shaping his sensibility and style and returned home to New York to establish a working relationship with the advertising, beauty, editorial, and fashion markets. Bil currently resides in the East Village in New York City.
Dana Ashton France – Cover Photographer, SOB
Dana Ashton France is prolific, running three websites of varying intent and focus and carving out a lucrative career as a photographer while juggling the most difficult job in the world: being a mom. Dana is like stained glass. Depending on which way the light catches her, you’ll see something different. But no matter which side of her you catch, it’s guaranteed to be beautiful.
Nori Hara – Cover Artist, Collective Brightness
Nori Hara, originally from Japan and now based in San Francisco, is a graphic designer specializing in branding and illustration.
Cody Henslee – Cover Photographer, Assaracus Issue 03
Cody is an undergrad student at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He’s working towards his BA in Art History with a minor in Photography. His ambition is to acquire an MFA in Photography and use his knowledge of art history to better inform his continuing body of work.
Seth Ruggles Hiler – Cover Artist, My Life as Adam & Assaracus Issue 06
Seth Ruggles Hiler is an artist and arts educator from Boonton, NJ. He received a BFA from Syracuse University in 2002 and an MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2005. He is a portrait painter at heart, but landscape is his mistress.
Disha Hisham – Cover Photographer, Dirty Socks and Pine Needles
Disha Hisham is a 19-year-old photographer from Alexandria, Egypt. He started photographing with a digital basic camera in 2009 and is now working with media companies.
James Kaminski – Cover Artist, Assaracus Issue 04
James Kaminski was tutored in sculpture by Marshall Fredricks in the ’60s and received his BFA in Fine Arts and Interior Architecture from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. In the ’70s, he co-founded The Artist Guild of Detroit, an experimental co-op gallery featuring the early urban contemporary art scene. He has been honored by the city of Detroit and works as an independent consultant for several development firms. He continues his studies of decorative arts in Florence and Rome.
Benjamin Krain – Cover Photographer, Less Fortunate Pirates
Benjamin Krain has over ten years of experience in photojournalism, portraiture, editorial photography, and travel photography worldwide. Plus he’s an all-around nice guy.
Michael Moran – Cover Artist, Assaracus Issue 02
Michael Moran studied art from 1984 to 1989 on Shelter Island, New York, under August Mosca. He attended the Art Students League in New York City from 1989 to 1990. Since then he has spent much time and private study developing his artistic talents. He paints in oils and acrylics and draws in pencil, pen and ink, and silverpoint. He is an unabashed realist, painting landscape, still life and the figure.
Paul Pinkman – Cover Artist, Assaracus Issue 05
Paul Pinkman studied Art History and Art Studio at Seton Hall University. He followed this with graduate studies in Art History at Rutgers University. He has exhibited extensively throughout the Tri-state Area since the mid 1980s. His work has been included in a variety of shows in New York City, such as the Independents’ Biennial as well as in the New Jersey Arts Annual at the State Museum in Trenton and the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in Summit. Articles about his work have been featured in The New York Times, The Star Ledger, The Courier News and in multiple places online.
Bill Pusztai – Cover Photographer, Jonathan Issue 01
Bill Pusztai is an artist born in Ontario, Canada, and lives and works in beautiful Vancouver, BC. For the last ten years his photography work has been exclusively digital in the botanical and portrait genres. The portraiture has been described as “Mapplethorpe, only warmer,” which may or may not be true, but it sure does flatter his ego. At present he is exploring ways to print digital images using the cyanotype process.
Gillie Rhodes – Cover Photographer, “Dead Hook”
Jason Watson – Cover Artist, Butcher’s Sugar
Jason Watson is a mixed-media artist, whose work combines interests in the figure, found objects, and text as visual material. His work is has been shown at galleries, universities, and non-profit spaces including the solo exhibit, “Jason Watson: A Second Look,” at the Jersey City Museum in 2007 – 2008. His artist residencies over the past several years include the Newark Museum of Art, Cooper Union Emerging Artist Residency Program, the Lower East Side Printshop, the Elsewhere Artist Collaborative in Greensboro, NC, and the Ragdale Foundation in Chicago. He is an active member of Queer Caucus for Art and has presented several papers and projects with QCA at recent College Art Association conferences, including “Creating in the Queer Diaspora,” a study of LGBTQ creative production in non-urban areas. In May of 2013 Watson will begin a one-year artist residency at the McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, NC, where he will work on a community engagement project with LGBTQ youth.