Author & Artist Profile

Sally Kruse and Melanie Faithful

This duo collaborated on a book of poetry and illustrations to create Saints and Sinners: An esoteric collection of poetry and photographs from New Mexico.

Saints and Sinners

From the Amazon site description: Sentimental and sarcastic, serious and silly, with beautiful full-color photography and art, accompanied by accessible poetry reflecting a sense of place. New Mexico-centric, but with appeal beyond state borders. Perfect for gift giving or for anyone with an interest in multi-cultural perspectives. Topics cover every subject, but focuses include environmental issues, feminist issues, experiences of faith and observations on aging. With an iconic building from northern New Mexico on the cover, New Mexico readers (or those who love New Mexico) will be quick to recognize, pick up, browse, and buy.

From their personal statement: Even if this book didn’t exist, Sally would still be taking photographs and painting, and Melanie would still be writing and writing and writing. We’ve both been doing this for years, and after this book, we’ll continue and so will our friendship. And maybe, if we are all careful and do the right thing, the earth will continue as well.

Melanie Faithful, poet

Melanie FaithfulQ. What genre do you work in?
A. Poetry

Q. Why that genre?
A. I’ve tried others, but everything still comes out poetry, so I’ve just let that keep flowing. I have been working on some essays and that is becoming more fun, but poetry will always be my thing.

Q. What inspires you?
A. The magic of life. Symbolism, deep diving to discover what it means to be human. Art. Mountains. Food. Good wine. Cats. Kids.

Q. What is your preferred work environment as a writer? Laptop on a desk next to a window.
A. Sitting cozy while still feeling connected to the world.

Q. Who do you most admire and in what ways were you influenced by the individual?
A. Oh, wow. The ancient poet Sappho – a feminist poet rocking the world thousands of years ago. John Donne, who was spiritual and connected to his physical experience of life all at the same time. Emily Dickinson who couldn’t not write. My friend Donna who is one of the first women ordained as an Episcopal Priest, who is also a Jungian analyst. My husband, who is the ultimate Be Here Now kind of person.

Q. What do you most want visitors to the show to know about you as a writer?
A. I am incredibly earnest in an introverted sort of way, but with an extroverted persona. We are all both of these things.

Q. Other than this show, where can you work be purchased?
A. Sally mentioned all the bookstores carrying Saints and Sinners. I’m not sure that anthologies and poetry journals that contain my work are that readily available, LOL!

Sally Kruse: Photography and Watercolor

Sally KruseQ. What medium do you work in?
A. Photography and watercolors. I have studied and painted watercolors since college in the late 1960s and early 1970s at New Mexico Highlands University where I studied under Ray Drew and Elmer Schooley, both amazing influences.

Q. What inspires you?
A. Northern New Mexico especially but all of New Mexico in general inspire me, especially the villages and the people who live and work there.

Q. What is your preferred work environment?
A. I love deeply this state and all of its people. Just driving through the villages, stopping to photograph and visit with members of the community bring me immense joy. So, naturally, the mountains and villages of New Mexico are my preferred work environment.

Q. Where can your work be purchased?
A. Our book can be purchased at Tome on the Range in Las Vegas, NM, OpCit Taos in Taos, Op Cit Santa Fe in Santa Fe, Collected Works in Santa Fe, and, of course, on Amazon.


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