I had always loved to write, but came to art writing as a direct result of my first research trip to China, an opportunity for which I will be forever grateful to the NSW Premier's Office for their travelling scholarship program in 2010, and to the Kingold Group of Companies for sponsoring my adventure. And, of course, to China, which inspired me immediately and continues to do so.
I began to write a blog, 'An Art Teacher in China' before I had even left Sydney, a form of public diary and self-publishing that continues to this day. On my return I began to write art criticism - mostly but not all China-focused - for publications including The Culture Trip, Daily Serving and The Art Life .
The idea of a book about women artists in China became a growing imperative. At that time, in 2011, it seemed no-one else was writing about these artists, so I thought 'Why not me?' Thanks to Sydney's Piper Press, this mad idea became a reality and the book was launched in Sydney in February 2016, and in Hong Kong and Beijing in April of that year.
Currently I juggle the demands of PhD research and writing with independent projects, teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students, and a not-so-secret plan for a second book.
You will find information about my book, samples of published articles and academic writing in the drop down menu.