“My husband ate his words,” Thornton said of her continued career in the art industry. “When he left practicing law to become a judge, I was making more money than he was.”
The Texas Christian University graduate was also commissioned to do a statue for her alma mater, creating a sculpture of TCU founders Addison and Randolph Clark.
“The statue was dedicated in 1993, and it took me a year and a half to complete it,” Thornton said of the 8-foot piece that sits in front of the library on the TCU campus.
“Art is a revolution of the inside of a person’s mind,” Thornton said of her passion. “I personally like the emotional aspect of it, and I’m more attracted to the human figure, as opposed to landscapes or western scenes.
Throughout her journey, Thornton, now in her 80s, has always had the support of her family, including her fuzzy friends, which inspired her new book, “Tails from the Hill.”
The book, now available for purchase on Amazon and published by TCU Press, tells the story of the Hill Gang, Thornton’s numerous devoted canines that have wandered in and out of her life. “Tails from the Hill” also features artwork, done by fellow TCU alumni Vicky Williams Harrison.
“The stories were written years ago, but were never put together,” Thornton said. “I thought they did a great job with the finished product.”