This is a more personal presentation of what academic work brings to an artist’s body of work. In the early 1990s when I finished my PhD at the University of Georgia, I thought that most of my future work would be in academic writing. The artist inside, however, could not lay dormant for long, and, at the urging of my students at William Carey University, I began to paint professionally again. The academic work guided some of the themes that I would explore in writing: questions about identity, place, the natural world, actions of nature and how pivotal events are processed by individuals.
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