I’ve been writing about American women artists since my book on Isadora Duncan was published in 1995.
Duncan, Imogen Cunningham, Martha Graham. I’ve always been fascinated by women who came of age in the early 20th century, in the midst of emerging modernism and feminism.
My encounter with Georgia O’Keeffe began casually, as part of a first visit to Santa Fe. I visited the museum, of course, and toured the Abiquiu home. Even took a cooking class a la O’Keeffe. Then I read a biography. Then another. Then another.
Each one raised more questions than it answered. By the time I took another vacation in Santa Fe, re-visiting the museum and Abiquiu home, I felt a book brewing.
The book cart has been filled with research resources and the catalogue raisonné. (I focus on a few pages at a time, usually in the morning and during a pause in the day.) The first research trip has been scheduled. The first article has been published, and the next one assigned.
I have an idea about the book, but nothing concrete. This website is part of my process. It’s a place for me to think out loud.
Professionally, I’m a hybrid writer — part scholar, part journalist. A former daily newspaper feature writer and a former university professor, I love archival research and I love to tell a good story.
Still interested? You can find details about my writing life at AnnDalyWriter.com.