Home

Alluring Innocence and Seductive Wisdom

James Wolf Strehle

A nearly naked woman stands calmly, as she begins to incandesce.
A woman with long white hair and large bat wings sits while another woman lies at her feet.
A naked elf woman sits in the forest, admiring a bird on her knee.
A young fighter strips off her battle gear.
A tanned and oiled athletic woman wearing gauzy strips of fabric carries a pail of water.
A slender horned woman with a long tail burns from within.

In the twilight between wakefulness and dreams, we may occasionally catch a glimpse of our own internal struggles between obligation and desire — Good and Evil, if you will. While each such vision is a deeply personal experience, surely some commonalities must exist. Could this subconscious conflict explain our fascination with fantasy icons, or is it simply an attraction to the mysterious mythical beauties depicted by artists such as James Wolf Strehle?

Both virtue and vice are clearly on display in Mr. Strehle’s portfolio, with neither gaining the upper hand. Angels and demons smirk and glower from within his dark character portraits, while beautiful adventurers and corrupted creatures warily stalk one another, looking for a subtle advantage.

Through James’ work, we witness the battle for the hearts and minds of all civilization: tense, sensual forms bathed in hazy light take their places in the spectrum of moral intent. Which extreme sings the most alluring song? Your answer may surprise you.

Written by in July of 2011. Last edited May 2017.

Related Features

Do Whips and Chains Excite You?

Two women in leather corsets and large bare breasts leer menacingly. A dark elf woman with large exposed breasts raises her whip while a large unclothed orc drools lecherously behind her A large-breasted woman stands nude, tugging on a chain attached to a naked, bound man.

A New Focus from Luminous Shadows

a blue mermaid with glowing violet eyes and long tentacles drifts in a deep ocean. A pale woman with an open trench coat lovingly caresses a green tentacle. A wicked-looking naked red woman with tremendous breasts sneers,

Shunya Yamashita

A white haired tattooed demon woman. A naked, tattooed woman wearing a holster and a red scarf. A pink haired black winged woman with pointy ears and large breasts. A white haired tattooed woman cradling her large pale breasts.

José del Nido

A pale woman with long black hair sits stretching in an open gauzy robe. A naked woman with red hair and large wings holds a staff to her chest. A naked man with a long hair and a tribal tattoo on his shoulder stands next to a giant wolf. A naked woman is surrounded by a large green serpent and glowing mist. A young woman with revealing ornamental armor stands with a sword on her shoulder. A man with long black hair, a bare chest and large black wings leans against a rooftop railing

Seiji Sunada

Dark gray hands grasp at beautiful woman's slender naked body. A slim woman partially dressed in battle armor stands. A nude woman with dark hair and pale skin touches an elaborate sculpture.

Comments

Be the first to comment!