If I were an algebraic expression, I might look like this:
X20 + Y21 x .333 =
X= imagination, Y= curiosity, .333 = infinity – for infinite possibility.
Good thing I’m not an equation because complex algebra perplexes me. Just as describing oneself is difficult to put into finite words.
I started to keep a sketch book when I was 10 years old and in the fifth grade won my first art contest, for creating “the best and most original gift-wrapped holiday package.” Imagination, the ability to create objects, and vulnerability are the through lines in my work as a writer, teacher, professional artist, book illustrator and everything else I undertake. Vacillating between whimsy and introspection, my art, writing and other forms of self-expression mirror the little girl filled with wonder and the grown-up woman driven with a desire to understand. Here are 5 + 8 x 1 ways that equal a word equation of my life.
I am a published book illustrator and author of the Y/A novel, Paint Me A Monster.
Between a career in the arts or medicine, medicine came in second.
My profession as an artist chose me.
I can write backwards and upside down.
Unconventional insects and two bats from other countries are framed in my hallway.
If I could add one thing to myself, I would sing on key.
If I could add another thing to myself it would be five more inches.
I have over 370 stamps- the kind that are pressed into ink.
Jungles are my favorite habitat. Forests are next.
I took belly dance lessons because I wanted the costumes.
My Mix Master (the one I still use) was bought with earnings from making and selling hors d’oeuvres and desserts.
My favorite hors d’oeuvre is dessert.
My favorite dessert starts with chocolate
Galloping is much more fun than running.