I published the book of Suck-a-toe in 1980. It was self published because the four publishers who were interested would not accept the book unless I gave them the right to change it anyway they wanted. There was no way I was going to let them change one line. At the time I was on the board of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA). One of the services offered to members were highly skilled professionals who could edit your book at a modest fee. I had my book edited and was told it was a really good book. At the Read More

Change is Good

I keep thinking how much things have changed since I became an artist. I don’t mind change – many times it is good, but change for change sake, I am not so sure. When I was young an interest in drawing was pretty much expected if you were going to be an artist. I agree that there are many areas to art such as design or composition which one could express in various ways, such as taking pieces of paper of different sizes and pasting them one over the other to create interesting montages. However, I firmly feel that hand Read More

Hard Work IS the Masterpiece

I had an interesting experience today. I met a friend that I had not seen in a while. She is a French lady who for many years was an airline stewardess. She said she had never planned that as a career but sort of fell into it. She had always been interested in art but as she said “In France I was told you had to be born with the talent so I dismissed the idea,” as she said ”after all I have no talent because I could not draw well.” Years later, during a period when she was not Read More

The Monkey Lady

I am one of the last of a dying breed of artists who had solid training in the field of art. I am 93 years old and am faced constantly with people of all ages frustrated with today’s method of art teaching. The basics are rarely taught and even if taught the students I have met are often insecure about how to get started. I have never done a blog. This is new for me. My reason for entering this world of blogging is because of a book I just self published called, “The Monkey Lady”. It is the story Read More