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Magical kingdoms of faeries, green men & magical creatures...



I grew up in the South where the beauty of landscape is legendary and story-telling is a way of life. My earliest memory is of creating miniature, magical worlds on tabletops, in closets, and out of doors under great big trees and then guiding my playmates (both real and imagined) through my kingdom. More recent memories are of larger magical worlds on tabletops, in flowerpots, and out of doors under great big trees and then guiding my playmates (sometimes known as customers and fellow artists) through my kingdom (my 12 foot tall copper gazebo peopled with Green Men, Faeries and other Mysterious Creatures!) I am inspired by Dance, by Southern Landscapes, English Gardens, and Ancient Forests; by Folktales & Folk Traditions; by Archetypes and Comparative Mythology; by Artists Who Create Mythic Landscapes (from Shakespeare and William Faulkner to Howard Finster); and by Poetic Fiction, Painterly Films, and Narrative Painting and Sculpture.

I studied Literature and art at Columbia and USC and have a doctorate in English from USC. I did post-doctoral work as a Lilly Scholar at Duke University in Religion & Literature and had a National Endowment for the Humanities grant. More recently I have taken classes in metals and enameling at the University of Missouri and have done workshops with Deborah Lozier and Barbara Minor. I am taking further classes this summer in enamel painting, patination, and metal forming.

Visit Gardendance, my online English garden, filled with more of my copper faeries, ballerinas, and mystical elves.

Ace of Spades
Hermann, Missouri


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