Born in Chicago and raised mostly on the East Coast, JULIE SPEED dropped out of art school early. After a period of travel and intermittent employment (as a house painter, horse trainer, waitress, stock girl, farmworker, etc.), she landed in Austin in 1978. Since then she has devoted herself full-time to working in her studio and teaching herself to paint. In her words, “I keep hours just like a real job, only longer, and in my spare time I read books, drink tequila, garden, and drive around West Texas.” In 2006 she decided that just driving around West Texas wasn’t enough, so she moved from Austin to Marfa, where she has a studio downtown.
Renowned for her novels, short stories, and recent memoir The Mistress’s Daughter, A. M. HOMES is also a respected arts writer and regular contributor to Art Forum, Art Review, and Modern Painter.
ELIZABETH FERRER, a curator and writer specializing in Mexican and Latino art and photography, is Director of Visual Arts at BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn in Brooklyn, New York.