Tanning, from Galesburg, Illinois (about a 45 minute drive from Peoria and as well all know, if it plays there...) started her artistic career as a commercial artist. Those toiling away at advertising agencies can take heart. She went from commercial art to creating stunning, surrealist paintings like the piece shown here.
In addition to being a painter, Tanning was a poet, sculptor and printmaker. She
was married to painter Max Ernst and was every bit his as an artist.
You can find out more about her (much of it in her own words) at dorotheatanning.org.