Purchase a pack of Topps “Star Wars” or “Mars Attacks!” trading cards and you might find Jenn DePaola’s art.
But if you don’t want to leave it up to chance, the best way might be to check out the art show at the upcoming SheVaCon science fiction convention.
The 33-year-old Roanoke digital artist, who has organized the convention’s art display for five years, will exhibit her own sci-fi and fantasy-themed portraits in the show.
DePaola’s a part of the Roanoke-based Blue Ridge Artist’s Group, members of which are also taking part in the art show, including SheVaCon’s artist guest of honor, fellow Star Wars trading card artist Beck Seashols, also of Roanoke.
The art show is just one of the many attractions – including gaming, a costume contest, autograph sessions and discussion panels – at the convention, which is in its 21st year. SheVaCon stands for Shenandoah Valley Convention (the event started in Staunton).
DePaola’s volunteer duties also include producing the convention’s program book and website. “I’m their graphics girl.”
She’s certainly experienced with digital graphics. She cranks out about 100 new portraits a year, many of them commissioned, in the time she has left over from a job assisting the elderly and the disabled with domestic services. Her husband, Paul, 33, works at AllState Insurance, and also volunteers for SheVaCon, coordinating appearances by fan groups such as the 501st Legion, renowned for their Stormtrooper costumes. Together the DePaolas record an audio podcast, available at fanboystalking.com.