ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Animals, author J.R.R. Tolkien and “Star Wars” ignited the imagination of a young Jennifer Ober while she was growing up in Los Lunas.
The now 26-year-old has harnessed that imagination and pointed it in the direction of a career. Ober, who is getting her master’s in illustration, will slip into the national spotlight this April when she travels to Hollywood to accept an international award recognizing her talents as an illustrator.
The L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards committee recently named Ober as an Illustrator of the Future. Twelve winners were announced worldwide and the organization will name a grand champion April 5 during its 35th Annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards festive gala.
“It’s an amazing opportunity,” she said. “There are not many fantasy competitions for beginners, especially for students.”