I sat on the floor between the bed and the wall, a chubby brown crayon in my fist. The polka dots I ground into the wall smelled of wax. I imagined the taste of chocolate as I drew. I circled groups of the waxy dots. Grind, smell, taste, circle, grind, smell, taste, circle, I drew until the space between the bed and the wall was filled. I was an artist at age 4. I still taste colors when I paint. Cookies remain a muse.
At age three I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Diabetes is a high maintenance disease. It’s relentless. After decades of working with this disease I thought I might approach it differently. I started building self-portraits representing positive aspects of life with diabetes. Fashion seemed to be the perfect venue. Like clothing, treatment of diabetes is “put on” everyday. And so… the Regalia series is a treasure hunt through the maze of diabetes to see the good in it.
I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drawing and Painting from the Ohio State University and was awarded a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatrical Design from the University of Southern California. I have exercised my passion for art and costume in professional theatre, private and public teaching, as a studio artist and currently as Adjunct Faculty at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art.
I still grind, smell, taste, stitch, rivet, paint, and circle dots, again and again and again.