My earliest memory is copying the sketches that my uncle, an artist, drew in our Bronx apartment when I was 3 years old. Later, I studied at the High School of Music & Art in Manhattan. While there, I was especially drawn to the abstract compositions of Piet Mondrian. I continued taking art classes at the University of Buffalo, the University of Oregon, and in San Francisco.
One of my first undertakings after getting my own San Francisco studio was to create a series of portraits of people with disabilities. The process of inviting friends who have visible and hidden disabilities to pose in my studio brought together three major currents in my life. The first is my love of the portrait (especially the paintings of Rembrandt, Velázquez, Titian, van Dyck and Schiele). The other critical factors are my life experiences as a person with a visible disability coupled with my career in the disability rights movement, working in both the United States and Europe.
More recently, I have been creating series of works inspired by solar and lunar eclipses, and the vast expanses of the sky and sea. Other selections of my drawings and paintings include the air bubble series, mountains, San Francisco vistas, and numerous figurative works.
The process of making art will always present me with important challenges: observing carefully, composing intuitively, pausing to reflect, and through all of these, remembering to breathe deeply.