Zoe’ Visual Arts Life

Artist’s Statement: My first endeavors as a visual artist began over 50 years ago, back in the halcyon Sixties when I was a teenager. I was originally inspired by the DC artists of the Silver Age and the Marvel Artists of the Marvel Age of comics. My favorite comic book illustrators were Carmine Infantino, Murphy Anderson, Gil Kane, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Jim Steranko and John Romita. My artistic talents languished on the back-burner as a “hobby” for many years due to lack of professional training and a 25-year career in IT as a professional project manager. However, in the 1990’s I began a program of self-study in figure drawing and comic book art production, which led to my current journey to create graphic novels based on speculative fiction concepts which I have been developing for over thirty years.

In conjunction with my re-training as a novel writer from 2009 to the present, I am developing works of 2-D visual art as I work through a post-baccalaureate B.F.A. program in 2-D Art at Georgia Southern University.

My current work on the degree program and the accompanying B.F.A. portfolio has focused on Drawing, Painting and Print applied to concepts derived from my written works of fiction, novels, screenplays and graphic novel scripts. I am engaged with a number of unique speculative fiction world-building concepts and settings. These engagements and their research lend themselves to the creation of 2-D artworks to capture the scope and nature of fictional settings and characters.

Past Works

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Illustration for Writing for Healing 2010 short non-fiction.

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Illustration for Advanced Fiction Writing 2011 novel chapters for “Prelude to Millennium” super-soldier Jack Donalson.

Current Works

2D Abstract Perspective_Original Submission_Colorized

2-D Abstract perspective digitized and colorized Fall 2016.

KAA Intro Paint Project

Oil on canvas 16 x 20″ KAA Film still-life based on colors from “2001 Space Odyssey” shuttle-pod bay scene.

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Black ink 12 x 12″ linoleum cut print (1 of 5) on Stonehenge paper “L’age jurassique sur Mars” relief of “The Calling of the Gray Prophet” 2017.

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Digitally enhanced illustration for screen print layer of work for promotional poster of  “Out of Jurassic Mars” graphic novel 2017.

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(1 of 5) 4-color screen print 16 x 20″ on Stonehenge paper promotional poster for graphic novel “Out of Jurassic Mars” 2017.

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Intaglio print (1 of 5) for graphic novel “Out of Jurassic Mars” depiction of organic space elevator suspended by dumbbell-shaped asteroid in Mars areosynchronous orbit 2017.

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Color pencil self-designed still-life on Bristol board 18 x 24″ Mythology project “The Fox and the Grapes” 2017.

P5 Lewis_Solar Daze

Color pencil abstract on Bristol board 18 x 24″  “Solar Daze” 2017.

P6 Lewis_Final_Bon App II

Pencil, pen and ink on Bristol board 12 x 16″ of self-designed still-life “Bon Appetit” Final Project 2017.

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Acrylic on canvas 9 x 12″ “Props of the Titanic” construction in Belfast c. 1912 “19-Teens Series: Nothing New Under the Sun” 2018.

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Acrylic on canvas 9 x 12″ “Props of the Titanic Submerged” from modern photography “19-Teens Series: Nothing New Under the Sun” 2018.

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Acrylic on canvas 12 x 16″ “Props of the Titanic Submerged 2” from modern photography “19-teens Series: Nothing New Under the Sun” 2018.

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Oil on 18 x 24″ canvas impasto with palette knife “The Halifax Explosion 1917” from B&W historical photography “19-teens Series: Nothing New Under the Sun” 2018.

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Oil on 18 x 24″ canvas “The Halifax Explosion 1917 Clean-up” from B&W historical photography “19-teens Series: Nothing New Under the Sun” 2018.

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Acrylic on 24 x 36″ canvas “General Pershing Arrives in France 1917” from B&W historical photography “19-teens Series: Nothing New Under the Sun” 2018.

JRLewis_Project 3_Battle of Beleau Wood

Acrylic on  18 x 24″ canvas “Battle of Belleau Woods in France 1918” from B&W historical photography “19-teens Series: Nothing New Under the Sun” 2018.

John Richard Lewis

Acrylic on 59 x 59″ self-made stretched canvas Masters Appropriation project from “The Calling of St. Matthew” by Caravaggio “The Calling of a Celestial Steward by the Second Adam 2311 A.D. 2018.

Red Scare One 1919-20

Acrylic on  18 x 24″ canvas “Red Scare One 1919-20 NYC Protest” from B&W historical photography “19-teens Series: Nothing New Under the Sun” 2018.

Abstract Series_Final Geo Implosion

Acrylic and mixed-media on 24 x 36″ wood panel “Geographic Implosion” Abstract project Spring 2019.

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Impasto acrylic on 26 X 42″ self-stretched canvas “Dark Matter” Abstract project Spring 2019.

FC_Boomer Cybrogs02_CR_Base Illo

Pencil, pen-and-ink on 11 x 17″ Bristol board colorized in Photoshop for Graphic Novel cover illustration “Boomer Cyborgs in Run Through the Jungle 2026.”

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Pencil, pen-and-ink on 11 x 17″ Bristol board colorized in Photoshop for Graphic Novel back cover illustration “Army Regulars in Run Through the Jungle 2026.”

Novella Concept Drawings: “The Queen of Frozen Night”

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O’Neil Cylinder Type III Space Habitat: Port Inverary in synchronous orbit of New Argyll at 1,100 miles above the surface on space tether attached at equator of the dwarf planet, previously called Eris.

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Queen Donnagh I, the monarch of the Demarchy of the Solar Highlands.

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Celestial Steward of the Ooort Cloud Jackdonalson tows an errant comet away from Haumae Research Station using gravitation control.

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The Queen’s Lady-in-waiting Yvain MacIver escorts Queen Donnagh’s nano-armor to the shuttle at the Eastern Docking Bay of Port Inverary space habitat at the dwarf planet New Argyll.

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Captain Colin Bruce of the American Guard, much as the historical Swiss Guard, they are expatriated American soldiers and sailors who serve the Queen of the Solar Highlands.

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Prime Minister Duncan MacKinzie, Queen Donnagh and Yvain MacIver attend the Solar Highlands Games Ball. Yvain hopes to see her love interest Captain Bruce there.

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General Rory MacDonald of the Makemake Rebellion Interplanetary Maroon Forces with his fiancee’ Darling (Darly) Soliel MacDavitt.

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The kick-butt Fleet Admiral of the Makemake Interplanetary Maroon Forces, Elanor Hawke. She became a nanotech-human hybrid super-soldier in 2280 A.D. when she was a Lieutenant.

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Prime Minister of the Makemake Rebellion Hamish MacDonald, an ancestral enemy of the Campbell Clan. On the capitol dreadnaught SS Constitution with his son-in-law Admiral Gareth Halsey.