About Me:I am a New York based photo artist specializing in self-portraits. I have been exhibiting widely for over 12 years and have been reviewed in the NY Times, Newsday and other publications. I have also given lectures on my work and workshops on various photographic processes.
Music:Celtic, Medieval, New Age, opera, rock, pop - specifically: Loreena McKennitt above all else (she owns one of my pieces of art), Cara Dillon, Kate Price, Mediaeval Baebes
Movies:Lord of the RIngs trilogy, The Dark Crystal, The Princess Bride, Legend, Snatch, Rules of Attraction, and many many others. I am a huge movie buff.
TV:These are/were very guilty pleasures: Oz, The Gilmore Girls, Arrested Development, Six Feet Under, Dexter
Books:The Mists of Avalon - Marion Zimmer Bradley
Likes:My husband and our 4 four-legged kids, home-cooked meals, the smell of cinnamon, a warm cozy house with those I love around me and Sundays.
Dislikes:Pretentious, egotistical people.
Hobbies:My work is my hobby :)
Vices:eating chocolate, incessant daydreaming and dressing up like a faery :D
It was a very tough Winter. I became so busy with my day jobs, burned myself out, lost two of my beloved pets and had a major artist block. I went into hibernation. Nowadays, though, my workload has lightened up, I am working on several photo projects at once AND I am writing a book!
The book is a YA fantasy yarn about a girl who is in love with a boy who is not in love with her. Typical, eh? However, this girl is fat and has no confidence. It takes a kingdom of faeries, the memory of her father and another boy to make her finally see how beautiful and wonderful she really is. It is somewhat auto-biographical and my life experiences are the one thing I can draw from.
I began writing this a month ago, and am loving the process. I never really wrote anything before - nothing worth more than the paper it was written on anyway but I need to do this. Young girls out there with body image problems will relate to this and hopefully be able to feel good about themselves after reading it.
I have been asked if I am going to illustrate it. Of course, but not sure how yet. The boy that is not in love with her is based on someone I've met a few times in the art store I work in - based in terms of looks - so next time he comes in, I plan to ask him to pose for me. I'll photograph him in the appropriate farmer's boy outfit and either PS him or draw and use the photos as reference.
Anyway, aside from that, my husband and I gained a new pet, more like a daughter! A wonderful, loving Jack Russell Terrier came into our yard, our life and hearts over a month ago. She was a runaway with no collar or microchip and despite (or in spite) of all our efforts to find her home, she had undoubtedly wanted to stay with us. She never leaves my side when I am home and licks my husband and me constantly. We are smitten and I believe the feeling in her is mutual.
I hope every one of my friends here on EF are well and if you are on Facebook and didn't know I was, please friend me! I am usually on there more than I should :)
It really was a great time at FaerieCon in Hunt Valley, Maryland. I've never attended any convention before but all things faerie + Faun + new friends to be made = mandatory drive down! It was wonderful to finally meet Susan Schroder, Robert Waldbauer, Marchella, Jasmine Beckett-Griffith, Linda Ravenscroft, Jessica Galbreth-Masiker, the Frouds, among others! Aside from my serious artwork, when else do I have the chance to don wings and get complimented as opposed to getting quizzical looks? I was among my kind and not once did I feel any negativity. There was such a good aura of the place and the music, especially Faun's was the utmost inspiring!
I plan to go again next year. Just have to make sure I get a room slightly closer to the actual lobby...I think I lost 10 pounds that weekend.
Love and blessings to you all and may we all stay in touch throughout the year :)
Looks as if I am going solo to FaerieCon. As sad as that is, it frees up time for me to spend as much time as I want with all of you. I want to do a photo shoot with many woodland fae so if you are interested in being in my work and are there, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll arrange a meeting there. Robert (Rhendwyll?) is also scheduling a merry meet on Saturday morning so that would be a great time to do it (meet, not the shoot - I think I will shoot on Sunday as long as I have the right amount of people).
Only 11 more days. So looking forward to meeting so many of you!
I am going with a friend to FaerieCon next month in Baltimore. If anyone else here is going and wants to meet up, please let me know. It will be my first time there and there are so many people I am looking forward to meeting (Susan, for one!)
Been in a depression funk over my job the lat few months and trying to get out of there and into something that will make me happy but so far, I feel stuck. I am hoping FaerieCon helps me cope :)