Illustrator Edith Thompson launches the Web site www.whitearrowgraphics.com with musical and wildlife influences through her company White Arrow Graphics. The site ignites a creative coalition dedicated to raising research dollars for Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma (ACC), a rare cancer affecting an estimated 5,000 Americans with about 1,200 new cases each year.
As an artist with a gift for rendering nature and people in pen-and-ink, watercolor, and other media, Thompson has had her wildlife illustrations published in both technical and popular publications, including magazines, books, and educational materials. She also produces magnificent paintings of musicians and other works on ceramic tile and she can help customers design and install tiles and tile murals in their homes or businesses.
Trained as a wildlife biologist, Thompson worked her way through college designing and painting tile murals for kitchen backsplashes, bathrooms, hot tub rooms, and other interiors. She has worked with federal and state agencies to illustrate fish and wildlife education materials. She has also worked with organizations such as The Worldwatch Institute and The Nature Conservancy to illustrate magazines and periodicals.
Thompson’s work has been featured in the Maryland Breeding Bird Atlas and in publications related to the annual North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference produced by the Wildlife Management Institute.
Thompson will donate a portion of the proceeds to supporting research to find a cure for ACC and to improve therapies to treat this disease. Through her website, Thompson is working to develop a coalition of artists, including musicians, dancers, and other artisans, to contribute their art to events that will raise funds for this worthy cause.