USC's MFA program brought me to California in the early eighties. I fell in love with LA's art scene, ocean breezes, and rugged mountains, and never turned back to my family home in North Carolina. A postmodern painter with an interest in critical theory and modernism, I began teaching more art history than studio courses around 2000. To hone my research skills, I completed a MA in Art History at UC, Riverside and went on for a PhD in Visual Studies at UC, Irvine. My thesis focused on the reception of German modernism in England, and my dissertation centered on surrealism, a topic which I plan to turn into a book. In addition to presenting papers at College Art Association (CAA) annual conferences, I have contributed an online review to CAA Reviews for the Getty's J.M.W. Turner exhibition and catalogue. I have also published a book review on European interwar avant-gardes and two book chapters-one on the painter Max Liebermann, and another on the Women's Caucus for Art's legacy of honoring women in the visual arts. As someone who equally enjoys studios, galleries, museums, libraries, and archives, I am thrilled to blend my varied interests in LCAD's vibrant MFA community and to share in the rich dialogue among LCAD's painting and liberal arts faculty and students. When I'm not in the classroom, buried in a book or a painting, or building a slide presentation, you can find me cooking, gardening, skiing, or hiking mountain and costal trails with my dog Cody.