I also call this one the "Dreaming Dryad" and it took a very long time to paint--not just because of the detail, but because I had to steal time to paint while looking after the toddler, going back to work part-time, frequent doctor visits and constant sleep deprivation. With these various commitments and challenges, Tangled was painted because that seemed to be my life! In the world of the painting, imagine a dryad (or tree spirit) who’s chosen to take slumber at the bottom of a tree. Outside the forest, the world of humans, towering skyscrapers and cars creeps ever closer and closer. It may be better just to stay asleep.
Janet Chui is a freelance fantasy artist and illustrator living in Singapore. Editor and illustrator of the mysterious A Field Guide to Surreal Botany, she was a 2009 finalist for the World Fantasy Award for Best Artist. She paints with watercolours and in digital media, and has been drawing fairies, unicorns and dragons since childhood. She specializes in fantastical subjects, children's illustration, and live portraits.
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