I sketched scenes for "Passion and Peril on the Silk Road" during my own road trip through Central Asia. My future husband and I endured landslides, village lockdowns, and cold-water shangri-las... bought ancient beads and carpets from refugees... survived being conned and being arrested. I discovered that traveling the borderline between wonder and insanity creates the most anxious characters and the most chilling plots. My work is also influenced by my close observation of the art and antiquities world.
Art dealers take a roadtrip into the heart of darkness, losing their way on the lonesome highways that stretch between tribal Pakistan and backwater China. In the company of antiquities smugglers and other scoundrels, Nellie and Jackson seek justice, honor, and the chance to get home alive. A chilling tale of the art market underworld.