As I grew I became comfortable thinking of myself as an artist and when we moved to Pittsburgh I began taking all kinds of art classes ranging from Japanese brush painting to illustration to anatomy. I got accepted into a BFA program at SUNY Purchase and promptly had a total art breakdown.
Thinking about art as a vocation made me choke. I couldn't see being a "starving artist" which to me meant being a fine artist in some ivory tower and I also couldn't see going into advertising. Not having the answer in terms of what to do with this dilemma, I just gave up and took a degree in Medieval Literature. Over several subsequent years I grew further and further from that artist self-identity.
Ten years ago I began snooping around the Community Thrift near me and eventually, I moved to an old Victorian neighborhood in PGH where I found my muse amidst historical architecture, art galleries, thrift shops and flea markets. I realized (or remembered) that expressing myself visually is part of my unique way of communicating with others and of understanding the world around me. In a divine epiphany I recognized this gift and began rediscovering the joy of creating. My work has become a celebration of the spirit of creation, the beauty of nature and the freedom of creativity.
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