miriam  misenko  

image and word

​North of Golden

In a small New Mexico town where an everyday breakfast consists of Cheerios swimming in tequila and meth is liberally sprinkled on tamales, a misfit artist tries to peck out an existence on her isolated solar ranch, situated south of Santa Fe and just North of Golden. With her ambiguously-gay dog, her recently grief-stricken sister, Lena, and her stuttering doper-friend, Dilaudid Dave, Izzy’s world is rather ordinary until the discovery of a stash of gold turns life upside down.

Izzy was only three years old when plucked from her birth country of Korea and dropped into the dysfunctional chaos of the Giordano family of Philadelphia.  She decided to leave her crazy Catholic upbringing and pursue her artistic goals in the quirky town of Madrid, New Mexico where her life revolves solely around painting and her faithful yellow lab, Spartacus.

Things start to get complicated when Izzy’s sister comes for a visit in search of consolation after the death of her husband. What they discover in the process is a buried treasure, a stash of gold that Lena’s husband had hidden from the mob. Unfortunately for the foursome, word gets out about their discovery and they find themselves being tailed by both inept mobsters and meth-addicted misfits. Taking refuge in an ancient turquoise mine, the group fights for their lives and what’s rightfully theirs.

Miriam Misenko resides outside of Madrid, New Mexico painting and writing happily alongside her husband, Dan Boldman, fellow artist and adventurer. On their remote solar ranch, they share life with an ever-changing collection of dogs, chickens and bees.

Illustrations from North of Golden