Artist JAEL, 83, died November 17, 2020. Jael’s artistic career spanned six decades, during which she published hundreds of SF book and magazine cover illustrations, in addition to fine arts work and other commissions. Some of her art was collected in Perceptualistics (2002). She was nominated for eight Chesley Awards from 1985-2002.
Jael Ashton was born October 31, 1937, and grew up in Utah. She worked as a professional artist for 15 years before getting an art degree from the University of Utah in 1973. She taught art in Utah and Nevada before moving to the New York area in 1986, where she began to focus on SF art, first doing covers for Baen and DAW before expanding to other publishes and magazines. She later relocated to St. Augustine FL, where she continued painting and teaching art.
Jael is survived by husband Greg Ruesch, her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.