E.E. King, 21.1 Cover Artist

E.E. King is an award-winning painter, performer, writer, and naturalist. She’ll do anything that won’t pay the bills, especially if it involves animals. Ray Bradbury called her stories, “marvelously inventive, wildly funny, and deeply thought-provoking.”
She’s been published in over 100 magazines and anthologies. Her novels include Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife: All you need to know to choose the right heaven. She’s shown paintings at LACMA and painted murals worldwide.

Artist’s Statement:
White reflects all color. Look at a “white” wall and concentrate. You will see browns, blues, yellows, magentas, and infinite shades of reality. All colors absorb light reflecting a single hue back to the observer, except black.

Black absorbs all light. It rarely occurs in nature, and only then in minerals. I never use black paint, instead I use mixtures of umber, acra and phalo blue which look dark, but unlike black draws the viewer into the painting.

In my work, I make details as intrinsic a part of the painting as the focal point. By emphasizing the details that form the whole, I emphasize the mood. Since emotion is shaped by the totality, my pieces focus on emotion. And life is neither emotionally, nor visually simple.

Siblings Under Skin, painting by E.E. King; photographed by Eric Wallengren