I make things with my hands. Stories. Pictures. Graphics. Websites. Feasts.
At heart, I'm a visual aesthetician and cultural anthropologist. Writing, photography, design, graphics and food are my primary mediums. Usually, I write something first, then get the idea for complementary graphics at some point in the writing process.
I've always been a theme person. Maybe this explains why I thrived in advertising. My work
naturally comes with themes; sometimes simple, sometimes complex, but never abstract. I'm not sophisticated enough for abstract. I delight in the challenge of making a statement with words and graphics.
Native to Northern California, I lived on both sides of America's coasts, before immigrating to Kent, "The Garden of England," in 2005. I've always felt like an immigrant, the perpetual outsider,
so the immigrant's life suits me. It means paying attention and not taking anything for granted.
I managed to eventually master driving on the opposite side of the road (left, left, left) without taking out too many roundabouts. As a political animal, I have voted in every U.S. election since coming of age. Survived the desolation of premature widowhood. And have had the good fortune to work for myself most of my life.
Practised poverty law in Northern California; ran a couple of ad agencies; penned a stack of poetry, fiction and essays; raised an accomplished daughter, and racked up the volunteer hours, while regularly flexing my activism muscles.
Ongoing projects include a trio of Activity Books for Grownups, along with themed Art Exhibitions. Click titles below for link to books.
Tasty Tales of Lusty Meals
How to Thrive in a Thin World
Answers to Questions You'll Have
When I'm Not Around
Food, Fat and Death -
Click titles below to visit exhibitions.