This is the third piece for L.E. Modesitt Jr.'s Imager Portfolio series. I have really enjoyed working on these covers, as each painting in this series has inspired me to push myself compositionally. The first two paintings were very intimate, with the figures closely filling the space, so I chose to take a step back from the scene, get some perspective, and show more of the complex environment of the world. I like the idea of the character being immersed in a cog-like structure echoing the political intrigues and limits to his own power.

"Imager's Intrigue"
24" x 36" oil on paper on panel
© 2010 Donato Giancola

collection of Dan and Sue Durnan