Ian  S.  Bott

Writer and artist

Gallery

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Artwork

Unlike many writers, who penned their first novels in their teenage years, I entered the writing world late in life. I disliked essays and creative writing at school, and only set my first hesitant and self-conscious novel scenes to paper back in 2004.

Maybe it was a mid-life crisis.

On the other hand, I have always been an artist. Some of my earliest memories are of the Daleks first gliding onto TV screens in 1963, and of me covering page after page with imaginary Dalek battles.

I've been hooked on creating sci-fi images ever since.
These paintings are all large poster size - 30" x 22" or some close approximation depending on what sized paper or card I had handy.

I've divided the gallery into three sections, and arranged them in reverse order so you're delving back in time.

The oldest paintings, and the largest group, were done at the end of my last school year and through college - 1978 to 1981.

Then there was a bit of a gap. I still painted but didn't complete anything for a few years. The middle group, spanning 1985 to 1996,  represents a transition in style to bolder, richer colors and away from heavy use of black for shading.

Up until then, I was working with poster colors on cartridge paper. I then switched to gouache on a heavier cardstock for the most recent works. This group has a softer, less harsh feel to it. Like my earlier work, most of this group was completed in a brief burst of activity, from 1999 to 2001, with the final painting the outlier cover art for Ghosts of Innocence. In the intervening years, I mostly set my paintbrushes aside to concentrate on writing.