I am a Professor in the Visual Arts Department at Brock University (St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada) where I teach courses in the history of art and visual culture. I am also a Faculty Affiliate in Brock’s Social Justice & Equity Studies graduate program, a founding member of the Social Justice Research Institute at Brock, and a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics.
But that is the professional stuff. Work is only one part of my life!
I am also an avid kayaker and feel incredibly lucky to live in the beautiful Niagara region of Canada–we are surrounded by water! I’m absolutely smitten with Lake Ontario and visit its shores often, even when I’m not in my kayak. Its many moods fascinate me.
In recent years I have returned to an old love, writing stories. There are scrapbooks full of my scribbling in cupboards at my mom and dad’s house but, as many of us do, I tucked all that away when it was time to “grow up” and plan for a career. Early in 2020, just as the COVID-19 pandemic was starting to become a scary reality, I decided to register for a creative writing class. And then I took another one. And another few after that. I’m finding my way back to what has always given me so much joy.