Writing my bio or artist statement is reminiscent of my feelings when looking at myself in the mirror buck naked: mostly appealing, quirkishly flawed, and slightly awkward. Some things are more than you want, some things less than you want, but in the end I’m proud to own it as mine.
My creative work focuses on the issues of me, laid bare, with the hopes that all of us will find some common connections in the story. I was raised by my Baptist preacher father, loving mother, and bible verse quoting sister against the backdrop of the church in the rural south. Most of my work is in some way running toward or away from that piece of my history, swirling the past with my life now as a woman, artist, mother, and wife. I began writing early in life as a way to find my true voice which has turned out to be a good habit that has served me well. I explore sexism, faith, family, feminist issues, and sexual orientation as they have unfolded in my own journey.
As for what I have done and where I have performed, that’s a little bit like bragging about who I have slept with, but in both cases it’s safe to say I get around. It was good for me and I trust it was good for you as well. Taking the stage, unfolding my stories, and enjoying the dynamic a great audience brings to the experience is one of my deepest pleasures. And to that extent I must slip in a little line here to thank all of you who are such great fans of my written work and who also make the shows so wonderful, you know who you are, hugs and kisses to you. I think I’ll go put some clothes on now!