- Community of Residence: Newton
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: 617-797-8315
- Artist Biography: I am a writer, anthropologist, and artist. I received my PhD in anthropology from Yale University, a diploma in human biology from Oxford University, and taught at Wellesley, Harvard, Dartmouth, and Boston University, prior to becoming senior science writer at Harvard Medical School. While at Harvard, I wrote over 500 articles on a wide range of cutting-edge biological discoveries and won several awards. I have also authored a book, Narratives of Human Evolution, and have written essays about the role of storytelling in science. In addition to writing, I currently study drawing and painting at the Academy of Realist Art, Boston. I live with my husband, Steve, and my son, Matthew, in Newton. I am a 20-year member of TBZ.
- Artist Statement: As a teenager, I loved to draw. I drew from life—portraits of family and friends—as well as from my imagination, mostly bizarre androgynous creatures. In college, I became captivated by science and would spend decades exploring that world, though always with a sense that someday I would come back to art. Several years ago, I won a raffle at my son’s school for a course at the New Art Center in Newton. From there, I took courses at the Museum of Fine Arts before discovering the Academy of Realist Art. Based on the 19 th century French atelier method, in which budding artists would spend years apprenticing to a master, the school has become an incredible training ground for me for the past six years. I have spent hundreds of hours copying master drawings and also drawing from life. It is not for everyone—you have to be more than a little compulsive to do this. But I have loved every minute of it.