In response to this "As for being close to Frazetta and Vallejo? I think I really have a long way to go to get to that level of mastery - but im quite flattered you think so!"
i agree. but not a long way just better in your way and improve you own skills. You already have natural excellent talent u just need to sharpnen your self now with study and pratice.
Dont try to be like those guys. just be the best you and you might be surprised at what happens.
NO offence meant in this comment just dont want to overstate in my stement but give great praise where it is due. sometimes you dont have to be at any master level to do a great work that can be dicussed with the masters its just the timing that allows it!