I am a doctoral candidate in the History of Art Department at University of California, Berkeley. My area of specialty is sixteenth-century Northern European art, and have traveled a lot in Belgium, Germany, France and the Netherlands. I also work part-time at an academic journal. I love living in Oakland with my partner Gilles and our little Italian Greyhound, Kobe. We also recently rescued a little Chihuahua mix, Nona. We often go for hikes at the regional parks near our house. We are a quiet bunch, but we are epicureans and enjoy the finer things in life. I live by the golden rule, and do my best to make sure that the only affect I have on other people's lives is for the positive.