I already had a few illustration jobs under my belt when I returned to UTC to get my degree in art in 1984. After that, I was mostly a stay-at-home mom for the next 10 years. Then in 1994, I bought an airbrush, painted two pictures while my son was at school, and entered them in the art show at Dragoncon, Atlanta’s huge media con. I labeled myself a “professional” and, to my vast surprise, received first and second place in the “fantasy” category, competing against illustrators from around the world. I’ve been a working artist ever since. I’m inspired by art from the Renaissance, the Pre-Raphaelites, the Outsider and Kitsch art movements, and the many wonderful illustrators from the world of fantasy and science fiction. My first real sale was to a comic book, but I’ve done caricatures, illustrated game cards and horror novels, painted icons in egg tempera, and portraits in oils. I’ve shown my work at many World Science Fiction Conventions, beginning in 1979, including Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Edinburgh, and at several juried World Fantasy and World Horror Conventions. I was also thrilled to be a guest of honor at Chattacon, our local SF and fantasy convention.
In 1995, I stumbled onto a want ad stuck on a telephone pole, and literally wandered in off the street into my job in the Biology Department at UTC as a scientific illustrator. I’m now a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and my drawings of fossil and living mammals have appeared in many scientific journals and books.
Here in Chattanooga, I’ve shown my paintings at the Corner Gallery, numerous AVA shows, including the juried “Progress,” at Uncanny Evolution Gallery and the Uncanny Inspirado group show, and numerous charity auctions. I’ve also shown at Echo Gallery in Chicago, the Renaissance Center in Dickson, TN, and Clear Light Gallery in Pikeville, TN. I’ve taught oil painting for adults at Senior Neighbors, and icon painting at a monastery. Here in my new studio at WorkSpace, I’m working on tying together all these different strands of my artistic self.