In 2008, I happened to turn on the television to the Chiller network and saw that Beauty and the Beast was listed. I decided to watch it and fell in love all over again. After watching and recording all of the episodes, I was left craving more. There had to be more!
One day I mentioned this to my daughter and she laughed. "Mother, don't you know about fandom?" I had to confess that I did not. She kindly went to work searching the net for BatB fandom and found Imagine That. When I finished reading Carole Whitehead's Marriage Morning, such a beautiful story (as is everything on Imagine That) I managed to find CABB... here were more episodes, more stories, more of Vincent and Catherine!
The show has inspired me to pick up my long forgotten drawing pencils. Vincent's face has always intrigued me, right from the very start -his expressions, how his eyes seem to speak (volumes). I drew Catherine's Window and summoned the nerve to send it to Lynn Wright at CABB. She took me under her wing, became my mentor, and I began drawing from the recorded episodes.
It has been a privilege to draw for the Hearthside Stories and for the conzines. I am thankful for the incredible opportunity to be able to express my love of BatB, and its characters, through my art.
When I draw, I think of my tunnel family/friends,
all that BatB has come to mean to me over the past few years and it fills me
with such gratitude and awe. I am grateful for the dear friends I've made,
for the hope that the series has inspired within me and for the courage it
has given me to draw, to write, and to travel.
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