About the Creators
|Stephanie Pui-Mun Law
has been blessed to live in the San Francisco Bay Area for most of her life, an area rich with dance culture. She has studied and performed Flamenco for almost two decades, and currently studies tribal fusion bellydance as well.
The language of movement has always been an integral part of her art. The translation of the flow of the human body, and the lyrical emotion that it can convey is a central aspect to her work. She has also been greatly influenced by the art of the Impressionists, Pre-Raphaelites, Surrealists, and the master hand of Nature. The swirling echo of
a sinuous oak branch, a watermarked leaf stain, and the endless palette of the sky is her signature. Her background as a dancer is also evident in the composition of her paintings: every aspect of her imagery moves in a choreographed flow, and the dancers are not only those with human limbs.
Stephanie has been painting fantastic otherworlds from early childhood, though her art career did not begin until 1998 when she graduated from a program of Computer Science. After three years of programming for a software company by day, and rushing home to her brushes and pigments and paper to work a second shift into the midnight hours, she left the world of typed logic and numbers for painted worlds of dreams and the fae.
Her illustrations have been for various game and publishing clients, including Wizards of the Coast, LUNA Books, Tachyon Books, Alderac Entertainment, Green Ronin, and Realms of Fantasy Magazine. She has authored and illustrated Dreamscapes (2008, North Light Books), Dreamscapes: Myth & Magic (2010, North Light Books), and Dreamscapes: Magical Menagerie (2012, North Light Books), a series on watercolor technique for fantasy. She is the author and illustrator of best-selling tarot deck, the Shadowscapes Tarot (2009, Llewellyn Worldwide), which has been translated into 7 languages. In addition to the commissioned projects, she has spent a great
deal of time pursuing a personal body of work whose inspiration stems from mythology, legend, and folklore. Collections of this art are
published by Shadowscapes Press.
The Dreamdance Oracle is her latest project, in collaboration with Phil Brucato, and is an endeavor crafted around their shared love of dance.
Satyros Phil Brucato discovered the joys of dance through a high-school workshop in Afro-Caribbean dance. Majoring in theatre, he expanded that experience into jazz, ballet, ballroom, tai c.hi and other forms, in addition to weekly forays into nightclubs and mosh pits. In the years since, Satyr has added freeform ecstatic dance, fire-dancing, contact improv, several styles of hip-hop, and other types of dance to that repertoire. Though he's had to slow down thanks to a knee injured in a Motorhead mosh pit, Satyr still dances whenever possible.
After several previous collaborations, The Dreamdance Oracle is a natural fit for Stephanie and Satyr. Its heady blend of personal exploration, mystic symbolism and passionate movement appeals to their shared love of dance. An award-winning fantasy author and game designer, Satyr has been publishing professionally since the late 1980s. Known best for his work helming Mage: The Ascension, The Sorcerers Crusade, Deliria: Faerie Tales for a New Millennium, Ravens in the Library, and several columns for Realms of Fantasy, Witch and Witches & Pagans magazines, Satyr also writes blogs, stories, screenplays, comics, essays and articles for assorted venues. His current projects include the webcomic Arpeggio [arpeggiothecomic.com], the Powerchords: Music, Magic & Urban Fantasy series, anniversary editions of Mage and Werewolf: The Apocalypse, and a novel-in-progress that gets worked on when he has nothing else to do. These days, Satyr lives in Seattle with his partner Sandi, whom he met a few years back while dancing at the FaerieWorlds festival. a festival where Stephanie and Satyr shared a booth almost a decade ago!
That's the funny thing about magic and dance: You never know where either one, or both, might lead.