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"It makes me so emotional to see little girls dressed as Rey or Rose Tico, as I really wish I had those kinds of female heroes growing up, and I'm so glad that kids do now. So to me, Star Wars has come to mean inclusiveness and hope for a better future."
―Jenny Parks, on the subject of women in the Star Wars galaxy[src]

Jenny Parks is an American artist who is best known for painting cats as pop culture characters. She illustrated the Ewok Princess Kneesaa for the 2018 reference book Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy, written by Amy Ratcliffe.

Biography[]

"I admittedly didn't know anything about Princess Kneesaa when I started, except that she was an Ewok, and as someone who draws mostly cute and fuzzy animals (okay, usually cats), she seemed right up my alley."
―Jenny Parks, on illustrating Princess Kneesaa[src]

Jenny Parks is an American[1] artist who contributed to Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy, a 2018 reference book that was written by Amy Ratcliffe and highlights female characters in the Star Wars universe with artwork by female and non-binary artists. For the page spread on the Ewok Princess Kneesaa, Parks illustrated the character attacking four Imperial stormtroopers with a knife.[2]

Kneesaa illustration by Jenny Parks

Parks is a self-described late-comer to the Star Wars fandom who became invested through the sequel trilogy.[3] Known primarily for her paintings of cats as pop culture characters,[2] Parks was unfamiliar with Kneesaa prior to the project, but she saw the Ewok as within her body of work and researched further. She told StarWars.com that Kneesaa was "more than just cute and fuzzy," being both wise and capable of action, and said, "I wanted to show her being fierce but clever — an Ewok to be reckoned with!"[3]

In July 2020, Parks stopped her art career to receive treatment for stage 2 Hodgkin lymphoma. The GoFundMe fundraiser for her medical costs included an appeal to fans of her professional artwork and unofficial fan art for Star Wars and other media properties. Parks announced on January 5, 2021 that she had ended 2020 with her cancer in remission.[1]

Published works[]

Year Title Contribution Notes
2018 Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy Illustration Depiction of Princess Kneesaa attacking stormtroopers[2]

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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Ogden, Dailen: Jenny Parks Cancer Relief Fund (2020-07-12). gofundme.com. Archived from the original on March 8, 2021. "The Worse News: beating cancer in the United States is *expensive.*"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy
  3. 3.0 3.1 StarWars.com Oola Unchained and Other Illustrations from Women of the Galaxy on StarWars.com (backup link)

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