About

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SHORT BIO:

I am an art historian, writer, and instructor, with a wonderful job teaching Critical & Contextual Studies at Cornish College of the Arts. My art criticism appears regularly in The Seattle Times and other publications.

I have only recently embarked on the wild ride of writing fiction. Inspired by my two daughters, I craft real world fantasies for young adults, stories that intermingle historical research with made-up mythologies.

LONG BIO:

I am an art historian, writer, and instructor, with a wonderful job teaching Critical & Contextual Studies at Cornish College of the Arts.

Before moving to the Pacific Northwest, I worked at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, where I connected artists with community groups to create innovative programs. Two of my favorites were Mierle Laderman Ukeles’ performance workshops with Los Angeles sanitation workers and Lawrence Weiner’s site-specific conceptual projects with families.

My Ph.D. is in modern and contemporary art history for which I wrote a really long dissertation titled “Parental Points of View: Photographic and Filmic Acts in Contemporary Art.”  It’s fascinating stuff and, apparently, I had a lot to say about it.

About once a month, I write non-dissertation length articles about art for The Seattle Times.  I was also fortunate to be asked to contribute all of the essays for the award-winning (and O Magazine-reviewed) book The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography (Katharine Harmon, Princeton Architectural Press, 2009).  Other non-fiction projects include catalogue essays and gallery guides.

Just a few years ago, I dove into another creative pursuit: writing fiction. I am currently crafting speculative fiction short stories and revising my second novel for Young Adults.

My fiction debut came in December, 2015 with Joy to the Worlds: Mysterious Speculative Fiction for the Holidays (Grey Sun Press, 2015). Publishers Weekly labeled my contributions as “the two standout stories” and described the whole collection as “decorated in hues of legend, myth, SF, and quirky, joyful fun.”

When I’m not writing, looking at art, or teaching, I hang out with my wonderful family: my handsome husband and our two smart, creative daughters. Our dog, Winnie the Pooch, is not so smart, but very friendly.

I am available to write short stories, magazine articles, catalog essays, and gallery guides/brochures on a freelance basis.  I have also edited many Artist’s Statements. Please contact me for price structures.