Roel Wielinga has been described as a dreamer, which may be the best description of him since his illustrated art is a composite of his dreams, an inner world - a place where adventure, romance, and beauty are a reality. It's a place where he can immerse his soul and be himself. Portrait, Fantasy, Realism, and Science Fiction Art has always been a big part of his life.
Born in 1950, in Djakarta, Java, Indonesia, to Dutch parents, heís always been drawn to the exotic. Their globe-hopping lifestyle allowed him to travel to many different countries and experience many different cultures; it was quite an education. When he was nine, they immigrated to the United States. Being in America gave him many opportunities, including a 20-year hitch in the U.S. Air Force, assigned as an artist/illustrator - and you thought all the USAF does is fly. Though heís a mostly self-taught artist, his time in the Air Force extended his artistic education and gave him a firm foundation as a portrait artist and fantasy/science-fiction artist.
Once retired from the military, it was time to evolve into the private sector and live his dream as a portrait artist and a fantasy/science fiction artist. After many conventions and various odd jobs, a good friend of his, Troy Greene, introduced him to Robb Horran from Sirius Entertainment, who in turn, gave him his first "civilian" artist opportunity. Robb published a story of his, which was totally done from a visual standpoint with no words used - that was bold of him. Roel put forth his work in a book immodestly titled Roel. Next was a small story in the second issue of "Crypt of Dawn", also published by Sirius. Then came an entire mini-series, blending elements of Fantasy Art, Science-Fiction Art and sword and sorcery with "The Seventh System". Through his travels from convention to convention, he met Sal Quartuccio, president of SQP. Sal persuaded Roel to put together his own private drawings of Portrait Art, Fantasy/Science-Fiction Art, ideas, and illustrations into one volume, titled The Devilís Forge.
Now Roel manages his own studio, Studio De Phantasm, in Thomson, Georgia, and he is working on making it as successful as his career has been thus far in Portrait Art and Fantasy/Science Fiction Art.