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Kathryn L. Grier


703 Mystic Trail #201

Chattanooga, TN  37415




I was born in Austin, TX, and grew up in Americus, GA.  I always knew that I wanted to be an illustrator, as I’ve been drawing since I could hold a crayon.  I’ve been reading since I taught myself at age 4.   At 8 years old, I illustrated my first story.  It was written by my mom, who was taking a writing class.

I continued to illustrate the materials for the Summer Reading Club for Georgia Public Libraries in 1996 and 1997.  I illustrated the masthead for the Early County News in the early 90’s, for Color My World, a coloring book company in Dothan, AL, Advent Season Devotional Books for First Presbyterian Church in Thomaston, GA, and Evergreen Presbyterian Church in Dothan, AL.

I illustrated two Sunday school kids’ curriculum books by Delores A. Hill, Can It Be The Kingdom, and Can It Be The Kingdom Activity Book.  I also illustrated a geography book, Alphaography, by Christopher W. R. Thurman.

I started college at Georgia Southwestern College in Americus, GA, and studied a year at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA.  I graduated in 1994 with a BFA in Illustration from Georgia State University in Atlanta, where I studied under children’s book illustrator, Alan Tiegreen. (He illustrated Beverly Cleary’s Ramona Books and the Pee Wee Scouts Books by Judy Delton, among others).

I have had solo exhibits at the Wiregrass Museum of Art in Dothan, AL, Troy State University in Troy, AL, and at the Southeastern Arts Council in Thomaston, GA.  I have had work on display at Piney Woods Art Festival in Enterprise, AL, in the Sharon Arts Center in Peterborough, NH, and at Reflections Gallery in Chattanooga, TN.

When my oldest nephew was born in 2000, I began writing and illustrating (for sale) letters from Santa Claus.  I am currently working on this years’ letters.  I moved to Chattanooga to be near my youngest sister and my niece and nephew.

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Cindy McCashin

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Cindy McCashin


6117 Shadyway Lane

Chattanooga, TN  37416



Cindy has been a member of the Civic Arts League since Spring of 2016. After enjoying a career path with many twists and turns … working in television production & marketing with WRCB-TV, public television fund raising with WTCI, and most recently as a Realtor … Cindy discovered her ability as an artist and her love of painting about the time she retired from the corporate world. She says she’s always learning and experimenting, and that her style is evolving with each new work.

The daughter of a United States Air Force pilot, Cindy spent portions of her childhood in Europe and Japan. These early influences can be seen in several of her paintings. Cindy attended Middle Tennessee State University as a Music Education major, later transferring to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where she earned a B.S. degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Music Education.

Cindy’s decision to study music throughout her academic years, rather than art, came as a result of discouraging remarks from a well-intentioned elementary school art teacher. Cindy jokes that this is probably the reason she never even attempted to try any “visual medium” until much later in life. Lesson learned:  It’s never too late to try something new!

Cindy’s other activities include playing the clarinet in the Mid-South Symphonic Band, a Chattanooga/North Georgia community concert band made up of amateur musicians of all ages from all walks of life.