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Author of The Cat Rising Series: Cat Rising, Girls With Hammers, Babies, Bikes, and Broads, and Cutting Loose; Angels and Manners, As The Table Turns, That's Karma, Baby...AND the newly released Things That Women Do!
My books have been recognized by the Lambda, Golden Crown, Bywater Books, and Stonewall Literary Awards. I have appeared at festivals and conferences including: Saints & Sinners Literary Festival, New Orleans; The Authors' Arena at Book Expo America Chicago; Human Rights Campaign Headquarters, Washington, DC; Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Asheville NC, Charis Atlanta, GA, A Different Light, Hollywood, CA, and Womenscraft in Provincetown, MA. I will be appearing at The Amelia Island Book Festival in February 2020 featuring Things that Women Do! Come see me!
I hold an MFA from Goddard College, and live in the Blue Ridge mountains with my sweet Springer Spaniel the Amazing Andy. I am a retired Senior Lecturer, Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
I am an Outsider Artist, meaning, I've not studied nor had training in painting or art. I use acrylic because I am an impatient person and it dries fast. I like the way the paint squishes, and I can make anything I want any color I like. I am fascinated by architecture, landscapes, cars, trains, machinery, roof tops, and I love snow. I work, mostly, on canvas--but sometimes I like to paint on wood and tiles. I re-imagine favorite places, seasons, occasions, events, and memories for folks. If you have a moment or place you would like to captured in my own rudimentary style, all I need are a few pictures of your special memory.
My work has been shown at Lola's Salon and Gallery in Asheville, NC., Tressa's Downtown Jazz & Blues, and featured at the 2013 and 2021 Art in Autumn Festival in Weaverville, NC and Art in the Park 2017 in Myrtle Beach, SC.
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