Angel Kingmaker is currently in Gallery 3 at The Rose Theatre & Art Galleries, where she tells her story of Lykinea the Wild.
On a distant planet within the darkest dead of woods, Lykinea ,warrior princess, was born when the moon was at its fullest and the stars were aligned. Within her lay a darker side of the Amazon that none ever dared to speak of. She grew up and learned how to fight till her skills were one of best. As time passed, she was taken within the dark of night and her village burned. Though not all remained within her memory of her past, that’s been clouded by that dark night, her skills were not to be taken.
Rescued by Bonita Kobaleinen Karu and the rest of the Kobaleinen family she pleaded her undying allegiance to them. They brought her to the new world of Gor, where all seemed to be greener but below darkness roams and rules, and what she finds in this new world is yet still a mystery.
V-Lykinea the Wild-Fruit for the Birds by Angel Kingmaker
V-Lykinea the Wild-Purple Star by Angel Kingmaker
I recently had a chance to sit down with Angel Kingmaker over a cup of tea in my Japanese home away from my Angel Manor home. I think you will find her as interesting as I do.
KAS: What are your professional goals, Angel?
AK: My goals in Second Life are to continue to make Angelwood Bay Arts Center one of the best Second Life galleries. One of the ways I intend to do this is to become a charitable non-profit association. Most of what I do is for TeamFox Second Life. I am open to working with other stable charities as well. We host art raffles frequently, showcasing Second Life musical artists during these events.
I am remodeling a building now to open the real-life Angelwood Bay Arts Center, with all the same goals of becoming a non-profit association.
In regard to my own art work, my goal, like most is to continue to improve my skills. Art has been my main life interest since I was a child. I have used all types of mediums, but mainly photography now. My natural talent, in my opinion, is pretty good, but the digital artist of today can only be as good as their computer and programs. So after doing digital art full-time over the last couple years, I need to upgrade my computer and programs. I am very excited to see what I can do with better tools.
KAS: Is your work a reflection of your personality or a chance to explore things ?
AK: I would say that my art work is an exploring reflection. There seems to be no end to Second Life-inspired photography. I have thought the same of real life since I made my first oatmeal box camera when I was 10, but life has a way of keeping mothers at home. If any part of my personality is shown, it’s only to show you all the ways I can see things.
KAS: What are you doing when you are not creating?
AK: What I do when I am not creating goes back to your first question. Organizing events to raise money for charities. I also visit other galleries and studios frequently. I watch the Second Life art market and I like to stay up to date with what artists are doing in Second Life. I read a lot about the ins and outs of the real life art world.
In real life, again, working on opening my gallery. The only other thing that consumes my time is my family. I have 5 kids and 6 grandkids to keep up with. And no, I am not as old as that sounds.
KAS: What would people be surprised to learn about you?
AK: People think I am outgoing and I am a pretty good writer when I want to be. When it comes to crowds, I have no problem speaking when I need to, but in general I am shy. If it’s not my event, you won’t hear me say much or participate in the chatter.
KAS: Are there particular artists or photographers you admire—famous or otherwise?
AK: There are many artists and photographers that awe me, but the one who has had the main influence on me is Viggo Morteneson. Most people don’t know who he is by name. He was Aragorn in Lord of The Rings, of which I am a fan to geek degrees. He is an extreme abstract artists. When I first saw his work, my thought was, “What the hell is he thinking?”. But when I learned more about his artistic philosophy, it changed how I view art completely and allowed me to think outside the box. Previous to that I expected art to always show me where it was taking me. I learned an appreciation for art that lets you decide where you are going.
KAS: What are you working on at the moment?
AK: Well, besides all the other things with the gallery in real life and Second Life, I am planning to open another gallery at Angelwood Bay in Second Life, specifically for adult art. It will still have the same class and elegance as the ground gallery but will be seperated. Also,I am starting up an art dealer/brokering service. I’m out there, I’m collecting; so I decided to offer this service to business and home owners. And the thing on the top of my to do list is make a Second Life copy of my real life book, Soul of the Soldier, which will be available to any military and PTSD groups at a discount.
KAS: What has been the most touching and amazing moment in your artistic life?
AK: About ten years ago, I had the opportunity to show my real life Lord of the Rings paintings and drawings at the Tolkien Festival in Oxford, UK, which is across the pond for me. I had the honor of showing my work alongside Ted NaSmith, who is the official Tolkien artist. Now this has nothing to do with my art work, but after his presentation on his new work for the Silmarillion, I asked to interview him, which he graciously allowed. One of the first things he said to me was that I looked just like his Luthian, which is a main Elvin character and his new painting at the time. I, of course, maintained my calm, collected composure as I always do, but was screaming like a fan inside.
It was the greatest compliment of my life to be compared to a painting, that to me, emulates the Mona Lisa.
Please visit Angelwood Bay Arts Center in Second Life. You can also see Ms. Kingmaker’s work on Koinup, Flickr and her website; read more about her and her work on her blog and follower her on Facebook.