In 1980, when I had my first solo show at Fashion Moda in the South Bronx, it was the culmination of many years of work, my passion for art and my desire to express and share my ideas with a wide audience. This show, The Family Wash, expressed ideas and themes in my work and life — my deep love of children, the importance of intimacy, and my desire to connect with others through my work.
Fashion Moda was a hub of young artists who would go on to exhibit widely and establish themselves in the art world. I was active and involved, working and exhibiting, and for the next six years I was totally immersed in this life.
Suddenly, my life changed dramatically. After nine years, my husband and I were finally going to have a child. But just a month before I was due, I was told that my baby might not make it. The next day, after an emergency C-section, our son came into the world weighing just 2-1/2 pounds, so tiny he fit into the palm of your hand.
Brian’s care and development became the focus of my life. His needs required most of my time, but I continued to paint and, as he grew older, stronger — and smarter — I spent more and more time on my work. Brian flourished and graduated from Yale.
Now, I’ve refocused all my energy on my art and am eager to continue exhibiting and creating, drawing upon a lifetime of experiences that enrich my work.