Barbara Earl Thomas is a Seattle based painter and writer received her B.A. and M.F.A. from the University of Washington in 1974 and 1977, respectively, with minors in French and Art History. She is represented by the Francine Seders Gallery. In 1998 & 2000 she received The Seattle Arts Commission award for new non-fiction. Her essays have appeared in journals, and anthologies, including Intimate Nature: The Bonds Between Women and Animals, The Gift of Birds: True Encounters with Avian Spirits. Principal essays appear in Never Late for Heaven: The Art of Gwen Knight, 2003 and Storm Watch: The Art of Barbara Earl Thomas (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1998).