Woman in a Cocoon: Oil paints on canvas. H 30 in. W 24 in. D 1/2 in.
How did you get into debt?
I just wanted the normal things in life like a house, car, and an education. I didn't want anything fancy; just a decent life for my family and me.
Do Not Be Silenced, but Share From the Vastness of Your Dreams: Oil paints on canvas, paper collage, and plastic tape. H 42 in. W 30 in. D 1/2 in.
How does your economic reality effect your art?
Being stuck in financial limbo keeps me from doing what I've loved since I was a young child. Even back then I wanted to be an artist. There have been times when I've been able to do more, and others when I've had to do less. I have a lot of ideas to share, but not having the financial resources to create that art, nor to pay for setting up an art show, or even to do things like pay for entrance fees for competitions has kept me from doing much; especially in the last couple of years. Our family lost our home of 12 years and was forced to move to a much cheaper area. We lived in a small apartment for awhile. I had to store all my things away, so I spent that time sketching, doing small works of art, and concentrating on school. We finally scratched enough money up to buy a home. It even had an extra room for me for start painting again. We thought things were getting better, but now my husband has lost his job. I do not know what the future holds, but I will always find a way to create.
2: Oil on canvas H 30 in. W 16 in. D 1/2 in.
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
I have sketchbooks filled with ideas, and many more that occupy my head, but I haven't been able to afford the types of materials I would like to use. In particular I would like to work on a much larger scale. If there were no mountains to climb and no borders to cross, just vast open spaces, I could create create create.
A sketch of future creative realities: From my 8/12 X 11 notebook