The sea and islands have inspired my writing and my art. I grew up in Manhattan, which (hard to believe) is really an island. My neighborhood, Yorkville, was by the East River. Back then most of the buildings were brownstones and children played on the sidewalks. My artist mother took my brother and me to as many museums as playgrounds.
I still have close friends from my fifteen years at the Dalton School. I was the photography editor of our newspaper and packed my schedule with art and science. After school I volunteered at an animal shelter and rode horses in Central Park. I was a book junkie too.Although not free of angst, my teen years were a lot of fun. There was so much to do in a big city and no need to drive.
Summers were spent exploring the world. At age fifteen I saw my first cricket match at a boys' school in England and spent the weekend with a baronet. Through School for Field Studies I photo-ID-ed dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico.Another summer I lived in a tent while studying wildlife conservation in Kenya.
In 1997 my British husband,Henry Laurence, accepted a teaching position at Bowdoin College in Maine. It was quite a shock for a city girl to move to a small town where the trees outnumbered the people and winters were long. I adapted and enjoy cross country skiing, swimming and hiking. We built a tree house too. Beyond the woods, I got involved in local politics on educational and environmental issues.
Inspired by the beautiful coastal landscape, I paint watercolors during the summer in Maine and on Nantucket Island. I take part in Maine art shows and auctions. My paintings and photographs are also available through this website. My art clients include author Jane Green and Senator Angus King.
In 2007-8 we moved back to England when my husband took a sabbatical at Oxford University. Our son was a day boy at Abingdon, a boarding school for boys, and our daughter learned how to play cricket at the local state school. We visited relatives in the West Country. I'm currently working on a young adult novel inspired by our experiences on the British Isles. My teenaged children help me get the voice right. Read more about our Sabbatical in England on my blog.