From the artist's website:
"My name is Xia Taptara. I am a professional commercial artist working in entertainment industry. Currently I am working full-time as a concept artist/ 3d character artist for ArenaNet near by Seattle, WA. I also do freelance illustration for Trading Cards games for FFG on my free time. My client list include: Disney Interactive, Fantasy Flight Game, NCsoft, ArenaNet, Hulabee Entertainment, Zombie Inc., etc. Some of my works are also published in "The Art of George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire", PC Gamer Magazine, Play: Girls of Gaming, IGN, etc."