Art and Writing Meet: "Gina's Floating World" at the Great Bay Gallery (Somers Point,

I’m not sure when I first got the idea that I wanted to create an exhibit of images that related to my novel, Gina in the Floating World. I do know that I made my first collage inspired by my novel after it was accepted for publication and that my cover designer, Julie Metz, used some of the elements (the Japanese city and Hokusai’s iconic woodblock print, “The Great Wave”) in this collage to create my book cover. Around that time, I also produced my first Tokyo at night watercolor that I then sold. My writing and art have not always been so intertwined. For me, they were separate but complementary pursuits. Producing a novel was a laborious, challenging, though energizing task that required

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