In 2005 I moved to Marathon, Texas from Austin. I don't ever remember actually making the decision...you know when you write the columns with pros and cons as you are making a huge life decision. It just happened...seemed like the thing to do. The main reason was my sweetie James H. Evans. I was an interior designer at the time, I had my own business in Austin, worked in NYC for about five years and had been working in my passion for almost twenty years. I was wanting a change. I remember rocking on the porch the day I arrived, talking to my friend Keith while looking out at the town of almost 500 people and saying "Oh my...what have I done?"
James and I had decided to open a new gallery for him on the main street and I would run it. He had been there since 1988. At the time he had a small little side business selling t-shirts with his images of Big Bend National Park on them and a critter or two. I took over that business and grew it. I added critters, put them on camisoles and dresses. The business blossomed. Last year I wondered if people would buy a tarantula on a pillowcase so I made some and sold them out in two weeks. Indeed...a spider on your pillow is a wonderful thing to many folks! With more and more requests from out of town buyers, I thought it was time I created a website...so voila!
I love my life and the magnificent landscape that I live in. The critters are fascinating to me and I adore seeing them on wears and wares. You must be a critter lover too if you are on this site. Thank you for visiting and thank you for your support!
We will have new stuff...walking stick and a vinegaroon are coming!
James' critter images can also been seen in his new book "Crazy From the Heat", which came out in August 2011. Visit his site at jameshevans.com.
If you want to know more about Marathon, visit marathontexas.net