At Age 3, A.J. McCoy began entertaining herself by drawing various subjects especially animals. Her formal university studies were dedicated to nursing and medical Illustraton. In 1970, she and her husband moved to the Black Feet Indian Reservation in Montana, and soon she gave up nursing to pursue painting exclusively.
Her Work is found in private collections and is held internationally. Her clients include the Native New Day Television show, the US Department of the Interior, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.
Her Studio is in the heartland of Alberta, Canada on a 40 acre farm in Bluffton. A.J. McCoy has raised funds for wildlife conservation by donating her work in Africa, Central America, Europe and North America. She has been published by Winchester Press, Sports & Field, Montana Outdoors, & Signs of the Times. Her artwork has been showcased at Safari Club International, the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep, Rocky Mountian Elk Foundation, and by Game Conservation International. Her painting of elephants won the Silver Award of Excellence at the Whale Tail Wildlife Art Exhibition and Auction in Nairobi, Kenya.