About This Artist

I’m an artist and a writer in Austin. For a long time I felt I had to choose between the two vocations, but I went back and forth between them–doodling pictures in the margins of manuscripts and imagining stories to go with my sketches. When with a story, I thought about an unfinished picture. When with the unfinished picture, I thought of the characters in the story. Eventually I decided to be true to the writing and to keep art on the side, a secret known only to a few.

A couple of years ago I started a blog for my characters. They spoke to each other through the blog, and when National Novel Writing Month arrived, I used them in my novel. One day I looked at the stack of printed pages and wondered what to do with all that paper. Five novels and all their rough drafts had left me with a lot of paper. That night I imagined a row of houses made of words, and that’s when the art and the words finally came together. We are now a happy threesome.

rabbit panorama

All the stories take place in the fictional town of Lake Belle. The stories are a mix of literary fiction and contemporary fantasy, and they are influenced by stories like David Lynch’s Twin Peaks and Bonnie Jones Reynolds’s The Confetti Man. In Jones’s novel a young woman becomes obsessed with paper and spends hours of every day pasting pictures together to create collages. I read this as a teenager and never shook that image of the slightly mad woman making art no matter the cost. This is probably also why a bit of madness appears in the novels.

Read more about the writing life in writing in the water.

writing for art

P.S. If you want to know why bunnies (other than I love Watership Down), go here.