So what's your story?
Born in Illinois in 1966, but grew up in
southern California and lived there until early 2004,
when Barry and I packed up and moved to beautiful
southwest Utah. Went to several schools, including
the University of California at Santa Cruz and the
California College of Arts and Crafts, an experience
that mostly taught me that I didn't like being in
school. The latter school in particular tried to get
me to stop painting identifiable things and switch
my medium to house paint and butcher paper. I'd really
like my money back.
Utah? You moved to UTAH??
Yes. We like it here. I can be in a National
in half an hour, another (Bryce)
in about an hour, and a third (Capitol
Reef) in about 2 hours. There are ghost
towns nearby, and here in Cedar
City we have Southern
Utah University and the Tony-award winning Utah
Shakespearean Festival - and a lot more. Where
I used to live in southern California, we had smog,
water that tasted like Clorox and congested traffic.
It's not a bad tradeoff. Barry also pointed out that
here in Utah he could get me a sister
wife to do all the housework, but I'm not completely
sold on that yet.
Cool! So how exactly do
you paint all that small stuff?
I use a really tiny brush.
Uh, OK. Well, let's get
to the nitty gritty, where can I see your stuff, and
how can I meet you?
I exhibit my art at 50 to 60 conventions
each year. There's a calendar here on my website that
we update monthly with all the shows my art will be
at for the next month. I also announce there which
cons I'll be attending - typically it's Comic
Con International in San Diego, World
Con when it's in the US, and whichever cons I
may be an invited guest at. Three or four cons per
year is about all I can allow into my schedule, but
we usually try to throw in at least one extra just
for fun. If you want to ask a question, you can always
email me here.
Can I commission you to
do a piece for me?
Generally, I'm not crazy about taking commissions.
Because I show at so many conventions per year, I
don't have a lot of time left to take on additional
work - and I have so many more things I want to paint
than I have time for as it is that I really don't
have a lot of interest in taking assignments. Which
isn't to say that I will never take a commission,
just that you'll have to capture my imagination to
get me to agree to one.
Are you going to be doing
any book covers?
Austin carved a leather book cover that I painted
and that we sold at DragonCon in 2003 - does that count? Seriously, I'm not particularly
interested in publication work - I can't really stand
the idea of working with an 'art director'. All that
frustration to get my art reproduced the size of a
postage stamp on the cover of a book I might not even
like? For what the publishers pay for book covers?
No thanks. If somebody wants to buy use rights to
an existing painting, feel free to contact my manager
Really, I just like the freedom I have to paint whatever
I want to paint, whenever I want to paint it. I'm
not looking for a 'job'.
So tell me about some of
your favorite artists, writers, books, movies
In genre, my favorite contemporary artist is probably Brian
Froud. Artists who have influenced me include
the Russian fantasist Ivan
Doré, and a whole bunch of anonymous artists
who created fairground art in the nineteenth and early
20th centuries. The carousel carvers like Charles
Looff, Marcus Illions, and Gustave Dentzel. I
draw a lot of influence from the use of color in medieval
book illumination. I really try not to pay much attention
to contemporary illustration - so many artists are
drawing their influences from a relatively small group
of predecessors that I just feel better by drawing
my experiences from elsewhere. I also try to spend
a reasonable amount of time getting out of the house,
away from the books, and getting my experience from
the world around me instead of through someone else's
In books, I like my fantasy with a large dose of
humor. My favorite fantasy work is Orlando
Furioso by Ariosto. I read mostly classic literature,
and not much contemporary SF or fantasy. I also like
comics, including the current Vertigo series Fables,
and Tony Millionaire's Sock
Monkey. I'm addicted to Twisted
Toyfare Theater, too. My favorite current TV series
2021, and Aqua
Teen Hunger Force. Barry has gotten me hooked
Daily Show. My favorite movie of the past several
years is O
Brother, Where Art Thou? My favorite classic movies
Travels and The
Lady Eve, with My
Fair Lady as my favorite musical.
If I buy one of your prints,
what do I get?
You get a reproduction of my original work
as close to the original as we can get it. If you
have one of my older prints, you have a laserprint
- and that is the case with a number of my current
print runs that are still going to cons. My new prints
are done in archival inkjet format, at high resolution
with seven colors of ink. This paper and ink combination
is estimated to last from 70 to 100 years with reasonable
care (don't leave it in direct sunlight, don't hang
it in your sauna). This is a process and quality that
was developed a few years ago for what were then known
as Giclees and Iris prints - both processes which
were quite expensive. New printing technology allows
me to offer these high grade prints at a much lower
price than would have been available. Of course, some
people using the process I use are inaccurately calling
them Giclees - that's not really correct, so I'm sticking
with Archival Inkjet Print until someone comes up
with a better term. Besides, Giclee sounds like some
sort of frozen French dessert to me. Mmmmmm, chocolate
giclee, with chopped nuts!
Can I get a print of one
of your feathers and/or stone pieces?
No. My feathers and stones are available only as one
of a kind originals - no prints, ever. I'm not sure
why anyone would want a print of a feather - that's
sort of like petting a picture of a cat. If I'm making
a print from an image, it's an image done in traditional
2 dimensional media.
I make PSP picture tubes
for sale, and I really love your work! Can I use it?
As long as you pay the licensing fee, sure.
Initial use fee is $100,000.00, with an additional
$25,000.00 royalty fee for each copy that is sold
or otherwise distributed, whether you've paid for
it or not. Use of any of my images in a tube constitutes
acceptance of these terms. And I have very good lawyers.
(Why $100,000 and not $100,000,000? For $100,000,000,
violators just declare bankruptcy. For $100,000, we
get their house. )
In order to avoid any problems, no tubing. Period.
Ohmigod ohmigod ohmigod!
What about me - I just make signature tags!
Use of the images on this website in signature
tags is acceptable, under the following conditions: 1) The artwork
may not be significantly altered in any way. 2) The "© Theresa Mather" copyright
notice must be included in all uses. 3) For any use greater than one inch in width, the full
URL to this site - http://www.RockFeatherScissors.com - must be included, and the content should be hot
linked under any circumstances. 4) Sales of tags and/or avatars is strictly forbidden.
If you wish to sell work based upon my work, we need
a licensing contract. Contact my manager. 5) Email me and tell me what you're doing - and show me your work!
If you don't contact me, I have to assume you don't
want me to know what you're doing. That makes my lawyers
angry. You wouldn't like them when they're angry.
Any other rules?
Do not link directly to any of the images on this
site. Links are always appreciated, but please copy
the banner to your site and link from there.