Art and Artistry ~ Outside the Margins with Shae Connor

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I’ve always wanted to be an artist. I don’t mean art in the wider sense—I’m a writer and musician, and those are certainly artistic endeavors. It’s visual arts that I wish I could create.

My dad is an artist. He’s spent most of his life doing different kinds of graphic arts, partly because that’s one of his strengths, but mainly because he had a family to support. He’s been a sign painter, a draftsman, and… a compositer, or whatever you call the person who puts together those big boards of individual pictures that are done for dance schools and high school bands.

But he’s done more creative work too. I have a pencil drawing he made based on a picture of four-year-old me. He’s done pen-and-ink renderings of several historic buildings in my hometown, including our family church. There’s a gorgeous painting of a river scene, a couple of abstracts, and an impressionistic painting of a female nude. (Which, amusingly enough, hangs over my parents’ bed, even though it’s based on a magazine image and not my mother.)

I picked up bits and pieces of my father’s artistic talent. I have a good eye, so I can put together things like centerpieces for events (I’m making the ones for my sister’s wedding reception), and I’m good at layout design. I can’t draw much of anything more involved than a stick figure, but I can put together graphics for things like my website and promotional materials. My painting skills have never really progressed past elementary-school level, but I can spy incorrect font styles or bad kerning and leading at a glance.

But what I really want to do is direct. I mean—make art.

I would love nothing more than to be able to create some of the images that dance around in my head. I’ve love to paint a mural, or draw a portrait—or design a cover for one of my books. Don’t get me wrong there; I love my cover art. I’m just in awe of the artists, and doubly so the authors who can do their own covers too!

All in all, it’s a good thing I can write. That gives me a creative outlet, at least, so I don’t explode. (Which would also be messy.)

Every so often, I decide I’m going to give art another try. As if suddenly I’d acquire talent overnight, like a late-onset allergy. Sometimes I manage to produce something I’d be willing to let someone else see. But inevitably, I set whatever endeavor it is aside and go back to wishing. Maybe one day I’ll learn, and I’ll just leave the art to those who have the talent and drive to create it.

Those who can’t do, can only admire.

~Shae Connor


About Shae Connor

Shae Connor lives in Atlanta, where she’s a lackadaisical government worker for a living and writes sweet-hot romance under the cover of night. She’s been making things up for as long as she can remember, but it took her a long time to figure out that maybe she should try writing them down. She’s conned several companies into publishing her work and adds a new notch on her bedpost each time another story is unleashed onto an unsuspecting universe.

A member of the Romance Writers of America and the Rainbow Writers chapter, Shae was first published in 2010 and has a lineup of short stories, novellas, and novels available from Dreamspinner Press, Wilde City Press, MLR Press, and Amber Allure.

Shae is part Jersey, part Irish, and all Southern, which explains why she never shuts up. When she’s not chained to her laptop, she enjoys cooking, traveling, watching baseball, and reading voraciously, and she’s an annual volunteer for the Dragon Con on-site publication, the Daily Dragon. You can find her hanging out on Twitter most any time @shaeconnor, but for the more direct route, you can email her at or visit her website at .

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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One thought on “Art and Artistry ~ Outside the Margins with Shae Connor

  1. I’d like to experience the same late-onset allergy! Ironically, my writing is sometimes described as very visual, but I can’t draw for crap.

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