Kudos to Wes Lowe. Once again he's created a beautiful cover illustration for my next novel, The Journey.
Wes and I go way back. He started doing my cover illustrations back in 2007, when I was writing my Luke and Jenny novels, (under the name Gayle Martin.) I found Wes by happenstance when I was working on the second book in the series. The illustrator who did the first book cover wasn't available. My publisher had hired him, but this time around she didn't have anyone else to refer me to, so I was left scrambling. Granted, I have a degree in fine art, but it had been years since I'd picked up a paintbrush. At least I knew what to look for and I could speak the lingo, so I began my search and soon found Wes. Not only was he available, I liked the tone of his emails. He was warm and he had a positive attitude. The illustration he created for me didn't just meet my expectations, it exceeded them. Wes turned out to be a much better artist than the gentleman who did my first cover. Thus began a beautiful friendship. Our next project would be creating a new cover illustration for the first book.
Wes also did the cover illustrations for The Reunion and The Deception. Okay, I'll admit it. I dropped the ball on the earlier Reunion cover. I had this idea of using a photo of two red carnations. Red carnations were a theme throughout the book, so I thought they could be a metaphor for the two leading characters. Unfortunately, as every artist knows, sometimes things that look great in our minds don't always look so hot once they're on paper. And even though a number of readers had complemented me on the cover, in my mind it simply didn't work the way I'd envisioned. I went back to Wes, and once again, he nailed it.
This latest illustration has an interesting twist. The other night I posted it on Facebook, and a number of people began commenting that the young lady looked a lot like me. They all thought it was really cool. Oddly enough, Wes and I have never met in person, although he's probably seen my head shots on my websites. I just assumed he had used one of them as a model, but it turns out he didn't. Must be one of those interesting coincidences. Or maybe it's just the Universe reaffirming that I've found the right illustrator.