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Talking with the Artists 2022

april 23 kl. 18:00 - 23:00


Have you ever wondered how a blazon of armorial bearings becomes the fine art we have seen throughout history… who are the people responsible for the masterpieces?

The Royal Heraldry Society of Canada, Toronto Branch has a great opportunity for you to meet six heraldic artists from around the world. Our panel of highly qualified heraldic artists has a great deal of experience and talent behind them in Fine Art, bookplates, and digital / vector design.

On Saturday, 23 April 2022 join us, virtually of course, at 1:00 pm EDT from the comforts of your home while we sit back and enjoy a fireside chat with these very talented and dedicated artists. We will take a journey with them to find out what inspired them to become heraldic artists, what challenges they have faced in the field, and what are some of their favorite commissions over the years. Additionally, we will view a number of their works. By the end, you might just be tempted to commission them to create a masterpiece of your own.

We have attempted to not only cover a number of styles of art in selecting our panel but also to capture different forms of heraldic art. Have you ever thought of having your arms created into a bookplate and placing your own bookplate into the front cover of your library collection? We will meet the people who take our vision of displaying arms and make them tangible items. As we move more into a digital age we will meet those who still continue to use the paintbrush dipped in ink on parchment, as well as those who opt for the digital brush in a modern sense.

If you want to know who will be on the panel, their information is listed below. So come on out and be part of this unique opportunity to meet the artists who make heraldry a visual masterpiece.



Brian Abshier (United States)

Brian was born in North Carolina in 1988 and was a military brat growing up. For as long as he can remember, artwork and history have always been passions of his. “For most of my life, my art hobby had taken place in traditional mediums of paper and pen.” He began seriously working with digital art in the late 2000’s by creating various textures and assets for computer games. Through this, Brian became familiar with the techniques, tools, and software involved in digital artwork. Around 2016 he happened upon the artwork of Andrew Stewart Jamieson, Quentin Peacock, and others and found heraldic art very pleasing. Heraldry created a natural bridge between his interest in medieval history art. Brian began to try and create and recreate coats of arms based on various images that inspired him. With the help of very helpful folks on places like Reddit, forums, Facebook, and Discord chat rooms – he was able to quickly get a good footing in proper heraldry.

By mid-2018, Brain began to take on commission-based artwork for heraldry and other medieval-styled art. Since then, he has been fortunate enough to have his artwork included in a number of books and publications. In addition to this, Brian has completed over 175 individual commissions for artwork related to heraldry or medieval artwork in general. Over time, he has continued to hone his craft, tests new techniques and methods, while developing a more unique style, and improve himself and his artwork.


Allan Ailo (Canada)

In addition to creating traditional depictions of arms as vector images, Allan’s heraldic artwork is often integrated with design skills gained from a career in graphic design and advertising after earning a B.A. in Communication Arts from Concordia University in Montreal. Digital design experience combined with a knowledge of heraldry has led to projects including A Municipal Coat of Arms: Using Canadian heraldry in your visual identity program, a digital publication he co-authored and illustrated. Allan had also utilized these skills while serving on Royal Heraldry Society of Canada branch boards and continues to do so as the Heraldic Arts Committee Chair, a recent project being the creation of a graphics standards manual for the Society.

His other passion has been education. As an adult education instructor this has included evening courses in graphic design for the Continuing Education Department of the Vancouver School Board. His involvement in education now focuses on heraldic lectures for various organizations. He has also written articles on various aspects of heraldry for Society publications.


Xon de La Campa (Spain)

Sometime around Xon’s twelfth birthday he discovered the art of Heraldry, and can’t remember if his fascination with those shiny coats of arms was born out of his increasing fascination with History or if History is what lead him to Heraldry. In any case, Xon spent a good chunk of his teen years learning and practicing his three passions, illustrating, drawing comic books and heraldry. After a brief stint at Law School, he enrolled in Art College and has never looked back. He has been reading, studying, and drawing heraldry for almost thirty years now, doing commissions for patrons and clients from all over the world. Xon has also had the opportunity to branch out from heraldic work to complete illustrations for books, games and, comic books for a number of publishing houses.


Tania Crossingham (Finland)

Tania Crossingham began her artistic career as a calligrapher and medieval illuminator and later moved into the heraldic arts. She specializes in highly detailed, hand-painted pieces. Her work includes illuminated Letters Patents and other documents, bookplates, mounted knights as well as regular heraldic achievements. Tania is also moving into the new field of heraldic fabric design.


Edgar Sims (Latvia)

A 41-year-old heraldic specialist from Riga, Edgar is one of the most popular and prolific heraldic artists in Latvia at the moment. Designer of more than one-third of all personal coats of arms in the country, Edgar has also created many municipal and corporate coats of arms. Mr. Sims works with digital media since that is the requirement of the local heraldic authority. Edgar is also researching heraldic history in the region by writing his Ph.D. thesis at the Faculty of Philosophy and History of the University of Latvia.


Aaron Travers (Australia)

Aaron Murray Travers, is 36 years old and hails from Australia. Born in Queensland, he currently calls Victoria home. For over thirty years Aaron has been drawing and painting, and considers it a real passion, and only recently (about a year and half ago) decided to start cultivating his design portfolio around heraldry. He brings to the table some unique and fresh styles, while still maintaining the traditional appeal of heraldry.



  • This is an online event and will be hosted on Zoom web conferencing . You do not need a Zoom account to join the event, and can join as a guest from your web browser if preferred. If you are accessing the event from a mobile device, you will need to download the Zoom app. For the best experience, we recommend using either a laptop or desktop computer and having the Zoom desktop application downloaded as it provides additional features.
  • Our events are welcoming to people from all backgrounds, and we ask that you be committed to treating all people equally and with respect and to encourage, support, and celebrate diversity in all its forms. We ask that you help to create a safe and inclusive environment at our events for members and guests of the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada and its Branches and welcome all life experiences to ensure that all voices are valued and heard.
  • Instructions pertaining to joining the live Zoom lecture event will be sent to all registered participants via email after the registration window has closed on the Wednesday prior to the event (April 20, 2022). This will include a web link to access the live meeting, as well as other documents or details required to ensure we have a successful event.
  • Please only book 1 ticket per household for this event. There is no need to book multiple if more than one person will be viewing the event from the same computer. This will ensure that we can maximize the number of participants, as we are limited to 100 logged-on devices.




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