I grew up in the Appalachian “Bible Belt” of East Tennessee in the southern United States, listening to banjo music and gospel lyrics as well as the Beatles. Despite having traveled widely and lived in other places, I am (as so many Southerners claim to be) permanently “South haunted.”

I returned to making art full time in 2011, following a career as a teacher, researcher, and consultant and after raising two sons. I’m convinced the delay enriched rather than impeded my growth as an artist. I am primarily a visual artist, but my images keep spilling over into words about places I know and places I dream about.

You can see more of my art work, and learn about my creative thought process, at:


Copyright © Lillian Trettin for all images. No reproduction, please.

  • Joined: January 2015


On the Fringe

After searching around, I have found a group that makes me hope there’s a ghost community to go with my ghost store, and that’s as important to me as selling stuff: it’s called Fringe Science. / I have an affinity for human-machine hybrids and weird animals. I wrote a picture novel about a parallel universe (in the South, of course) with a toxic environment that stresses human…
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Calendar Love on the Dark Site

I’ve just finished four wall calendars for my Redbubble store. I love calendars because they are like mini exhibits that you appreciate slowly, throughout the year. One of mine, The Year in Illuminations, consists of twelve black and white drawings to be colored. The other three I’d call “Southern Gothic,” but in bright, cheerful colors. I like to think my characters open the door hospitably,…
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I’ve created my first electronic storefront. Instead of a ghost story, I’ve made a ghost store. It’s my own invisible mall to wander through. / A ghost store sounds spooky, a little lonely. “Build it and they will come”—Not true. I could wander in this store forever by myself because attracting customers in the age of Print-on-Demand still takes work. You still have to build con…
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