I am a freelance artist and had a few shows back in the USA. I work in many media types, including but not limited to oils, watercolors, photography, ink, printmaking (intaglio, lithography, photo plates). I draw a lot of my themes from nature, but I don't do pretty landscapes. My work has been described as unsettling, strange, and on at least one occasion frightening. One of my reasons for being in Europe is to see new places that might provide more inspiration.
I love books: novels, poetry, non-fiction, art, travel, blank books for writing in, etc., it doesn't matter. Someday when I'm settled in one place I plan to have a large library. My desk tends to be scattered with various books that I'm reading and plenty of blank ones filled with drawings, writings, and whatever random thing I feel the need to put down on a blank piece of paper. Also: lots of pens and bottles of ink.
I also love writing poetry and short stories. Maybe someday I'll manage a novel but we'll have to see.
I love both the outdoors and the big city. I am just as happy if I'm sitting alone by the ocean as I am going to an opera in the big city.
I have a very strange and dry sense of humor.
I have a huge passion for shapeshifter folklore and stories. I could tell you about almost anything from selkies to the kitsune.
My friends say if I were an animal I would be either a black wolf, a barn owl, or a crow.
I am not super skinny. I'm not fat but I am definitely not skinny. I work out but I refuse to starve myself to have a model's body. If that's something that defines beauty for you and is important then you should go click on another girl's profile and not waste your time or mine.
What else...? Hmmm...I tend to bite.
I read a lot. I have a kindle that is loaded with lots of books I love and lots of books I plan to read, however I do still prefer paper books. Giving a full list of all the books would be impossible and/or very long. For those of you who would like to see some of what I read and enjoy here's a list of the titles that leap to mind:
The Night Circus, Shadow of the Wind, One Hundred Years of Solitude, The Forgotten Garden, The Secret Keeper, Winter of the World, The Woman in White, The Thirteenth Tale, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, His Dark Materials trilogy, Coraline, Neverwhere, Harry Potter, Sandman series, A Song of Ice and Fire series, Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles (only the first three), The Pillars of the Earth, World Without End, The Crimson Petal and the White, Year of Wonders, Girl With A Pearl Earring.
Favorite Poets: T.S. Eliot, William Blake, Brigit Pegeen Kelly, Stanley Kunitz, St. John of the Cross. Edgar Allen Poe, Dante, Coleridge, Philip Larkin, Robert Frost
(Same disclaimer as with books)
A Perfect Circle, Acroma, Alice In Chains, Ani DiFranco, Counting Crows, the Cure, Curve, David Bowie, Depeche Mode, David Bowie, Iris, Kidney Thieves, Live, Karan Casey, Kate Rusby, Mahler, Loreena McKennitt,, Noe Venable, Paul Winter, Poe, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Schumann, Steve Reich, Taproot, Tool, Johnny Hollow, Brahms, Strauss, Dvorak, Puccini
Children of Men, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Harold and Maude, Mirrormask, Gone with the Wind, Labyrinth, Pan's Labyrinth, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, the Last Unicorn, Dracula (Gary Oldman version), Interview With The Vampire, the Princess Bride, Fight Club, Nightmare Before Christmas
I like most vampire movies. Even the bad ones. Scratch that: especially the bad ones, they're hilarious.
Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Leverage, Lie to Me, Dark Angel (first season only), Hellsing, Daily Show, Colbert Report, The Twilight Zone (1959-64)
wine (not a food, but still fantastic)
A blank book
Cultural stimulation (plays, operas, concerts, etc.)
People I am close to.