""I pretended to work like others from morning to evening, but I was absent, dedicated to invisible countries - Czeslaw Milosz."

I met Anna while we were studying abroad in Orvieto, Italy one spring some years ago. She's a southern belle, for sure, hailing from Fairhope, Alabama, the very south of Alabama and concerned with all things southern, especially hospitality and as it applies to gathering loved ones in her space and making biscuits or beignets, chicory coffee or cappuccinos. She also has quite the penchant for finding a chaise lounge anywhere she is. 

Since graduating from undergrad on the east coast (up with all them damn yankees), she has since made the hop across the pond to England - Oxford specifically. She has been there for two years now and is currently working on her MA in Contemporary Arts. Her primary mediums are oil paints, charcoal and gold leaf (among others) and inhabits all of the local coffee shops garnering research on what "home" means. 

You can check out some of her work and traveling here.

Below are a couple of days after she just got back to Oxford from a dear friend's wedding in Oregon. Ah, transitions:

Interview with Anna on PhD's and homesickness coming soon to the Playing By the Hours Blog.