Gifts Given by the Creator

My graduate work at the University of Colorado at Boulder focused on the contemporary art of the Native community. I was fascinated by the way Native Americans used artwork to express identity, religious beliefs, and their conflict with modern America and its political landscape. For my master's project, I curated the California Academy of Science's... Continue Reading →

Hung Liu, The Bride

Hung Liu is one of my favorite artists. Given the current political climate, I thought I'd post something I wrote about her a few years ago. Hung Liu (b. 1948) The Bride, 2001 From the series “Unofficial Portraits” Lithograph with collage 30” x 30” Gift of funds from Polly and Mark Addison CU Art Museum, University... Continue Reading →

The Moon as Muse

Here’s why I love second drafts… When you revisit your characters after writing their finale, you have a better grasp on who or what they’re fighting, what their motivations are, and how they might achieve their victories. At times, when these characteristics and motivations are falling into place, you, as the writer, have an intense... Continue Reading →

Pulling Out My Hair Over Rough Drafts

I find the first draft of any piece of fiction to be the hardest part of the writing process. Revising, fine-tuning, workshopping... those are the fun parts. But that rough draft, where I'm creating my characters for the first time, discovering their arcs, quirks, and struggles, well... that gets me pulling my hair out. With... Continue Reading →

My Favorite Turtle

If you live in Buena Vista, Colorado or the Arkansas River Valley, you've most likely seen work by the very talented and delightful Brynn Ronning. Well, here's a little secret. A small collaboration inspired by this turtle might be in the works. BTW - I totally and completely fell in love with this image and... Continue Reading →

The Field

Thank you Twister Sister Literary Magazine for publishing The Field. This is my first attempt at Science Fiction and was inspired by Henri Rousseau's The Football Players, now part of the Guggenheim's permanent collection. This piece is dark, but for those who've read Wrapped in Color and Light, you already know I like to lean... Continue Reading →

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