Wendy Vaughan (maiden name Wendy Kornmiller) grew up in West Bloomfield, outside of Detroit, where her father was a car designer for Chrysler and one of the original designers of the Ford Thunderbird. She won an art scholarship to the Allen R. Hite Institute at the University of Louisville and then graduated from Western Michigan University with a BA in painting. After working in industry as an art director for 22 years, she started painting full time. She has won various awards through the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, has been included in several full color art books featuring top artists, has been on the cover of several animal oriented magazines and was interviewed on a public television art program. Her fantasy animal oil paintings can be found in various art galleries and in many collections across the United States.