What I Write
I specialize in unconventional features that help artists and writers to trust themselves, make strange/ great art and get paid for it. My article 7 Business Practices To Emulate From The Life Of Georgia O’Keeffe won the “Charlie Award for Excellence in Magazine Journalism” for Professional Artist Magazine.
I’m known for bio pieces on famous painters like Frida Kahlo and O’Keeffe. But I’ve found readers get just as much out of stories about my lesser known, oddball idols; self-taught, eccentric artists who, like me, use junk to make art. Three of my favorites are Simon Rodia, Tressa Prisbrey and James Hampton.
Currently I guest lecture to grad students at my alma mater, Pacifica Graduate Institute, on how to finish your dissertation without losing your mind or making your professors crazy.
I’ve taught on art and myth in Italy, Greece, at archaeological sites. I have lectured on cross-cultural symbolism across the U.S.
My seminars are scholarly but funny and packed with beautiful and curious images. My latest lecture, “Pompeii: Through The Servant’s Entrance,” focuses on the fascinating little-studied objects archaeologists found preserved on the domestic altars of women and slaves in ancient Rome.
What Really Matters
Another passion of mine is helping young people get their hands on diverse books. You can usually find me volunteering every week reading story books aloud to the imaginative public school kids of California or at a nearby library.