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Jean Lorrah


Jean Lorrah

Jean Lorrah came to Kentucky in 1968, brand-new PhD in hand. Here she found a home where her creativity could blossom even as she pursued a forty-year academic career in the English Department at Murray State University. Jean is best known as a science fiction writer, with over twenty-five books in print. She writes character-driven fiction, with a recurring theme of people of diverse values, cultures, beliefs, and philosophies forced into situations in which they must overcome their differences and work together to survive.

One of her goals in learning to draw and paint is to illustrate her own books, so for several years she has pursued her studies in formal classes at Murray State, only by mid-2022 feeling confident enough to begin showing her work publicly. So far she has had two paintings accepted into a juried show, and has won two honors: Second Place in Drawing in the 2021 Paris, Tennessee, Artists’ Showcase; and Second Place in Drawing in the 2022 “Critters” show of the Icehouse Gallery, Mayfield Art Guild. These small successes encourage her to widen her acquaintance with the art community of West Kentucky and its environs. Jean is a member of PAPA, and also the Murray Art Guild, the Mayfield Art Guild, and the Organization of Murray Art Students.


Jazz Age Smartphone
8×10  Pastel

Winter Cardinal
5×7  Colored Pencil

Fierce Kitten
7×5 White Charcoal



5×7 White Pencil

Bianca Laughs
8×10 Pastel



St. Felina
10×8 Pastel



Fascinated Cat
5×7 White Charcoal 



5×7 Colored Pencil

Safe in my Hands
10×8 Pastel


124 Broadway St
Paducah, KY 42001, USA
(270) 575-3544

Open Hours

Tuesday – Saturday: 11am – 3pm
Other times by appointment only.
Call (270) 519-3198 for appt.