("Before Departure" by Thomas Finley)
I've been unbelievably blessed to surround myself with people in the field of cryptid research that I admire and respect and to avoid those I do not.
Sometimes, you come across someone who has your own sense of awe and wonder, curiosity and child-like appreciation for the subject. Thomas Finley, a most talented artist, has done covers of books, art for cryptid conventions, and much more. In fact, I encourage him to make some lovely children's books that portray the subjects and their personalities.
I've also been very honored to be the subject in two of his paintings.
I think this talented man realizes my honorable intentions toward the subject of cryptids.
If you get a chance, do friend him on Facebook and follow his art. I highly suspect this man is about to explode on the scene with great recognition. His works of art are glorious and otherworldly, romantic and tender.