I am a 26-year-old female self-taught artist born in Massachusetts. I spent a few months in Germany and now currently live in New Hampshire with a cat and a lizard.
I've grown up grateful for very generous, kind, and loving parents. I have done well in school most of my life, but my true passion lies in exploring fantasy worlds through all sorts of artwork - writing, traditional, digital, even animation and 3D.
I started drawing since before I can even remember, doodling dinosaurs and other prehistoric beings. I still have a love for dinosaurs - who doesn't? - though my fixation and fascination has swapped over to dragons ever since the 2004 docufiction Dragons: A Fantasy Made Real. Since then, my love has been for fantasy.
I have spent many years coming up with my own creative works based on fantasy worlds featuring dragons and other beasts. In my early years, I came up with various species of dragons and made up dragon historical figures placed in a world only I knew. When I was in third grade, I wrote a small book called Scar: The Last Fire Dragon, totalling about 80 pages. It is still posted on my deviantART page, but be warned, it was written by an 8-year-old!
I moved from traditional artwork to digital artwork in around 2009, when I discovered Paint on my parents' old Windows XP PC, and the wider internet. I joined website communities that shared my interest in dragons at the young age of 10 years old. From there, I learned, made tons of mistakes, and grew.
I started with DragonAdopters, where I gained my first experiences as an artist online. My oldest followers may remember my goofy Paint artwork that I used to do by request in "FD97's Art Shop".
From DragonAdopters, I found deviantART, and from Google, I found Istaria. The game Istaria: Chronicles of the Gifted played a large part in sparking my creativity in my younger years. I happened to join the role-playing server, in which I was challenged to keep up with the storytelling and character building of those twice my age or even older. From this old niche game, I met many of my closest friends I still love today.
In 2014, I began my comic Breakthrough, following the adventures of the two dragons trying to conquer their dystopian underground society filled with classism and racism. In 2016, I began my worldbulding project with a friend known as Threa, which currently goes through rewrites and updates to this day. You can read about both on my projects page.