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Nielsen, Terese

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Artist.

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(1966-    ) American artist, her name sometimes misspelled as Therese, the ex-wife of artist Cliff Nielsen. After completing her training with a BFA degree from Pasadena's prestigious Art Center College of Design in 1991, she began doing artwork for comic books and gaming; and work related to role-playing games like Magic: The Gathering, rather than book covers, has remained her main source of income. Her work for comic books includes covers and interior art for titles like Magnus, Robot Fighter, Solar, Man of the Atom, and Xena, Warrior Princess. However, her most noteworthy production in this area was a Marvel Comics miniseries, Ruins (1995), on which she collaborated with her then-husband Cliff Nielsen. She has also produced trading cards featuring Marvel and DC Comics Superheroes and covers for Dragon Magazine.

Nielsen's book covers, which helped earn her a 2002 Jack Gaughan Award as an emerging artist, are usually for works of Fantasy. Her work in this category can be unusually dark and understated, quietly projecting auras of menace or wonder, as shown by her effective covers for the four volumes of J Gregory Keyes's Age of Unreason series and her shadowy portrait of a woman warrior for Voronica Whitney-Robinson's Sands of the Soul (2002). Her rarer sf covers – for Star Wars novels and Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough's Changelings (2005) – tend to be brighter, more decorous, and less interesting. [GW]

Terese Nielsen

born Aurora, Nebraska: 11 March 1966


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