Welcome to Painted Hippo Studio, where I create stories in textile and fiber, in paint and pencil, and in words. I enjoy telling tales of hope in the face of despair, of surreal worlds alongside our own, and of the power of people to shape their worlds. Art is a great part of healing, of action for justice, of finding tribe. Art can hurt as much as it heals, and there are pieces that should do that – that should make you feel a tremendous empathy for those whose pain is perhaps otherwise unknowable.  In 2016 my art quilt “Shattered: Modern Day Slavery” was on exhibit in Genocide: Man’s Inhumanity to Man at the Holocaust Museum Houston. My fiction has appeared in Alien Skin Magazine and Ideomancer.  My commissioned portraits are in several private collections. Currently I am focused on work in textile, including art quilts and fabric sculpture. When I’m not working on art, I can be found reading comics, writing novels, and staging Action Figure Theater on my travels. I run the Houston Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Meetup, a place for aspiring and accomplished writers of all ages and speculative genres to meet, commiserate, learn, and grow.