Veronica Randolph Batterson
Veronica Randolph Batterson is an author, photographer, and artist. She has published four books, over two dozen short stories, and has worked as a freelance writer, proofreader, ghostwriter, and editor. Her photography is in private collections in Colorado, Illinois, Tennessee, Idaho, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Arizona, North Carolina, New Mexico, Minnesota, Iowa, Virginia, California, Maryland, Michigan, and also in the United Kingdom. Frequently, she combines writing and photography for publications. After a long hiatus from painting, she is working with acrylics again.
Her earliest memory of drawing is as a first-grader sketching cartoon characters for classmates; a few years later, she won her first art competition. At age eighteen, she received her first single lens reflex film camera: a Pentax 35mm. Additionally, she obtained her own developing tank for black and white film at the same time, and learned how to make prints in a darkroom. Her early career in front of the camera as a model later prepared her for what worked as she found herself behind the camera; however, most of her work today is comprised of landscapes, wildlife, and natural settings while using a DSLR camera.
She studied art at the University of Tennessee, and later graduated with a degree in Communications from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Her work experience has been in the fields of broadcast journalism, technical writing, creative writing, copywriting, and she has been a multiple business owner. While living in Michigan, she taught journalism classes for elementary-aged school children, and started the school's first student-written newspaper.
Veronica is currently working on her first play, and is outlining her next novel: historical fiction partly set in Memphis. While her two latest books, Williamsburg Hill and Daniel's Esperanza, can be found at Novel Bookstore and at select bookstores around the country, all four books are available via Amazon. A quote from Daniel's Esperanza has become the unofficial slogan for the state of New Mexico, having been used by numerous sources in publications, memes, books and on inspirational websites. Her photographs and other merchandise are for sale at www.veronica-batterson.pixels.com through Fine Art America; she maintains a separate blog at www.veronicarbatterson.blogspot.com. She can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads.
A 25+ year volunteer in the communities in which she has lived, she created the Mid-South Arts Against Hunger annual food drive campaign benefitting the Mid-South Food Bank in Memphis, served as chair of the Art of Giving fundraising event which benefits Baptist Hospital's Camp Good Grief, and has served on the planning committee for the American Cancer Society's Imagine Ball. A former member of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), as well as the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), she has been featured in such magazines as Seventeen, appeared in the movie, A Winner Never Quits and enjoyed an early career as not only a model, but also as an actress and spokesperson. In May of 2019, her photography was exhibited at WKNO's Gallery Ten Ninety-One in Memphis. In June of 2019, her work was featured for sale at Palladio Interiors, also in Memphis. She has made donations of her art to organizations such as the League of Chicago Theatres, Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, American Cancer Society, Baptist Memorial Hospital, Association for Individual Development, and the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis.
Veronica moved to Memphis from Chicago in 2016 when her husband took the helm of the Orpheum Theatre. However, she now lives mostly in the Denver, Colorado area.