Words and images; images and words. For the purposes of this
site, I categorize my work in ways that represent chronological
periods of concentration: “when I was showing drawings,” or
“when I am submitting manuscripts.” Both visual art and writing
are always active in my mind, however. As I write this, I am
engaged with blogging Starr
Review, in which I review and muse about my
experience with contemporary fine art and music. Words about
During the twenty years when I was actively
making visual art, my favorite form was the artist book. I made
books as page-turners with beginnings, middles, and ends based
equally in strong pictorial and verbal narratives. Images and
My bachelor’s and a master’s in English literature are academic
degrees. I have taken three introductory-level drawing classes;
I have no instruction in painting, creative writing, and
journalism. I am self-teaching in most things I do, and as such
I normally lack predictable background influences: Don’t look
too hard for them.
I became an artist when I became a mother.
Observing and wondering over the development of two children
moved me into a more deeply inquiring approach to life and to
profound appreciation for observant directness. I hope I bring
to my drawing and writing something of the moral seriousness and
of the sense of wonder that child-rearing renewed in me.