| At age five, drawing monster faces in the jackets of storybooks
was my favorite pastime. In a house of turmoil, creating art became
my form of self-expression. In school, most of my assignments
were left undone while I spent hours drawing trees, monsters and
superheroes. From childhood on, my artistic journey has been an
excellent coping tool, as well as a base to understand my self
and the world outside me.
With no degrees or Ph.D.'s, the development of my artistic
abilities is one of my most important skills. Without my interest
in art, I can't imagine how I would have survived. Painting and
exhibiting paintings has helped me cope with abuse, drug addiction,
HIV, and the American Medical Association, and has also been a
way to celebrate my connection with people, nature and family.
Art is a healer.