...This invitation beckons from the portfolio of the Kevin Workman Foundation's 2016 Sponsored Artist, Candice Broersma. Selected from a highly skilled field of candidates, Candice will receive an opportunity to exhibit her work, promote, and network at San Diego Comic Con. This year's application process brought us a much larger pool of artists, all at a much higher level of accomplishment, sophistication, and talent than previous years. Candice should be proud of her selection from such a competitive range; we at KWF are thrilled to promote and sponsor such a skilled and creative illustrator, musician, and art instructor.
Take a walk with us through fantastic worlds seen through Candice's eye, where her unique vision of beauty, mystery, and quirkiness rekindles the same sense of child-like wonder we might remember from watching clouds march lazily across the sky on the first afternoon of summer vacation.
Candice, an accomplished clarinet player, tells us that that her music and illustration draw from a common pool of creative energy. We see that in the subtle narratives woven into her works the same as we might expect to hear in the melody of a well-written piece of music. "I have an unconventional sense of beauty," remarks Candice, and we're happy about that, because this takes her work off the beaten path of fantasy tropes and into a delightfully surreal wilderness populated by majestic beasts, masked aspirants, stylish arthropods, and vorpal warriors, with nary a licensed comic book or intellectually propertied movie character to be found.
Listen to Candice talk about her art for any amount of time and you'll realize that she has an ability to simultaneously take us on an adventure into magical worlds while teaching us the practical aspects of their creation. And this bilingual fluency-- in the languages of both artist and a teacher-- is where we saw Candice as truly special, and where we became really excited at the prospect of seeing her interact with thousands of fans on the Con exhibitor's floor.