Marie Evans of Welcome in Davidson County had several artistic jobs before settling on the one for which she is known--miniatures. She studied painting at Virginia Commonwealth University, then went to New York City to pursue dance. Later, she spent thirteen years with The Lost Colony, and then made stained-glass windows. Her miniatures are pet portraits made in a three-dimensional likeness of the customer's dog or cat, down to the smallest details. She has created around 800 of the little animals that are ordered from all over the world. She also makes soft sculpture dolls.