I was born in New York and have lived in New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. I write both fiction and non-fiction, work as a freelance copywriter and an arts professional. My passions are writing, problem solving and the arts. I also really, really love animals, particularly cats. In my leisure time I like to travel, read, knit, bake, watch movies and drink a cocktail outside on a beautiful day with friends. I currently live in Los Angeles with my husband Drew and our two adorable rescue cats Sam & Bram.
This, my personal website, is dedicated mostly to writing. If you’d like to learn more about my nomadic gallery and fine arts consulting firm, visit the Sloan Fine Art website. If you are an artist, please visit the Practical Advice for Artists website where I maintain a blog and offer information and resources for artists.
If you’re curious about my background, read on:
In my first “grown up” job, from 1991 to 1995, I was Director of the La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles. During that time, I was fortunate to learn from legendary gallerist Billy Shire and work with several artists who have gone on to achieve critical and financial success. I took a break from the art world and, from 1995 through 1999, I worked as a Television and Film Production Coordinator and began a freelance career as a Marketing and Advertising Copywriter. I enjoyed an active career balancing Production and Freelance Writing until, in 1999, I accepted a Staff Writer position at Magnet Interactive, an interactive advertising agency. I was promoted to Director of Content in 2000. After Magnet Interactive fell victim to the dotcom bomb in 2001, I returned to the arts as a Private Dealer, Consultant and Curator. I have also continued to work as a Freelance Writer.
I moved to New York in 2005 and opened a contemporary art gallery, Sloan Fine Art, on the Lower East Side in January 2008. Over the course of four fabulous years at our location on Rivington Street, we mounted dozens of exciting exhibitions and worked with hundreds of wonderful artists. in January 2011, I launched an offshoot of the gallery called SFA Projects to allow myself, my employees, artists and extensive network of contacts in various fields, to participate in creative projects beyond the traditional scope of a gallery. SFA Projects quickly grew into a busy, full-service arts consulting agency planning and executing arts-related events, collaborating on offsite exhibitions and curatorial projects, consulting for artists, collectors and businesses, and creating innovative copy and design. That experience lead to the next step in the evolution of Sloan Fine Art and, in late 2011, I opted not to renew the lease on the gallery’s brick and mortar location, merging Sloan Fine Art Gallery and SFA Projects into a single nomadic, creative powerhouse. Since that time, I’ve been mounting pop up shows, guest curating and working with collectors and creative businesses in various capacities. Visit Sloan Fine Art for more information.
In September 2012, my friend Amy Eyrie & I co-wrote and direct-pulished a thriller/mystery novel called “Pet Sitter: A Jenna Stack Mystery.” We are currently working on two additional Jenna Stack Mysteries and I have solo fiction projects underway. Please sign up for my Fiction Newsletter if you’d like to receive updates when new fiction books are available.
In 2015, after many years guest lecturing at schools, speaking, and working with young artists, I felt frustrated by the lack of practical, straightforward information available to them. I decided to create a resource myself and wrote my first non-fiction book, “Launching Your Art Career: A Practical Guide for Artists.” Since its release, I’ve been thrilled and deeply gratified to receive hundreds of kind emails and messages from artists who have found the book helpful. In 2016, I launched the Practical Advice for Artists website to continue that work.