About Gayleen Beyers - Cover Artist
Gayleen Beyers is a native Californian and is the eldest daughter of professional artist, Nancy H. Shand (www.nancyhartshand.com). Beyers was trained at Estancia High School in Costa Mesa, California, Laguna School of Art, and California State University, Long Beach. Beyers has worked for the last 27 years with a variety of medias including, but not limited to, oil on canvas, acrylics, watercolors and pastels. Her first commissioned painting (oil on canvas) was done when she was only 16 years old. In her senior year in high school she created all the graphics and calligraphy for her school’s commencement invitations as well as painting the school’s name on the outside second story of one of the gymnasiums and a mural on one of the walls in the fine arts faculty lounge. Beyers won numerous awards during her high school years and her work has often been accepted in the fine art exhibit at the Orange County Fair. Over the years Beyers has devoted many volunteer hours using her God-given artistic talents in her church. Soon after moving to Irvine she became involved with Journey Christian Church. Two of her acrylic paintings are on display in the church office and on their website at www.journeyoc.com . She currently works as an administrative assistant and lives in Orange County, California with her husband and two daughters.
Besides being my amazing cousin, she was the artist for my very first cover. The First Edition of The Gathering looked like this. There are still some editions available, but it was limited to about 300 only.