BENJAMIN A. VIERLING was born in San Francisco, and has been evoking arcane imagery since he could hold a brush. Employing the renaissance painting technique of mixing egg tempera and oil pigments, he currently works from his California atelier in a Gold Rush-era convent. Specializing in mythical portraiture and Vanitas themes, his paintings are exhibited and collected internationally.
Vierling's illustration work has appeared in a wide variety of occult and metaphysical contexts including illuminated horoscopes, album covers, and alchemical treatises. Recent projects include the original illustrations in Jocus Severus, published by Ouroboros Press, as well as the paintings used for the highly-acclaimed alchemical books by Robert Allen Bartlett, Real Alchemy and The Way of the Crucible. Projects for Three Hands Press include the Sacred Heart Print and cover art for Veneficium: Magic, Witchcraft, and the Poison Path by Daniel A. Schulke. Benjamin's art also appears in CLAVIS Journal Issue 1, an esoteric periodical produced cooperatively by Three Hands Press and Ouroboros Press.