I painted this while I was in graduate school, and it is representative of the type of work I was doing at that time.
If anyone had told me that my future as an artist would involve ironing — almost on a daily basis — and that I would be folding fabrics I had dyed, printed, stitched and painted, I would not have believed it.
Had I not moved to Paris, had Jack Prince, a New York City-based textile designer, not called to ask me to to present his portfolio to Yves St. Laurent and Chanel, I would not have been introduced to the textile world, and I might still be a painter of people, places and things.
There are many more Alice-ian rabbit holes than one might assume. Diving in fearlessly often leads to colorful meetings with Mad Hatters, Cheshire Cats and March Hares. I appear to continue to be in free-fall, and have no idea where I will next alight, or who might be there to greet me when I arrive.
What was — and still is — one of the most lasting rewards from graduate school is expertise in innovative problem solving. Art students are expected to look at complex challenges inside out, upside down and backwards, and that often leads to uniquely inventive contributions to whatever entrepreneurial or artistic ventures in which they take part in the 9-to-5 world.