Marjorie Cameron (1922–1995) was born in Belle Plain, Iowa, and enlisted in the Navy in the 1940s, where she drew maps and worked in a photographic unit, an experience that motivated her to pursue art classes after World War II. Cameron later met and married Jack Parsons, a spiritualist and mystic who was one of the founders of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. Like his friend L. Ron Hubbard, Parsons was a follower of occultist Aleister Crowley. Cameron and her magical aura were influential to artists Wallace Berman and George Herms, both of whom she met in the early 1950s. Her whimsical and sometimes disturbing works depict ethereal metamorphoses and transformations.