Formerly a long-time member of San Francisco Bay Area fandom, now living in Newcastle upon Tyne in the north of England. Fan artist, fanzine fan, cosplayer, and crafter, there aren’t many areas of fandom I haven’t dipped my toe in over the years.
I’ve been displaying in convention art shows for a very long time, but started hand-painting fans about a decade ago, I was inspired by the variety and practicality of these lovely accessories and their popularity in Spain, where I grew up. I do my best to make sure the fans I paint can still be opened and closed, and used as originally intended, though obviously that risks wear and tear, and they are of course suitable for display as well.
For the curious; my first name is pronounced “ess-PAHN-yah” like the country and my last name is pronounced exactly the way it looks, “SHEH-riff”, as in Sheriff’s Department.