I was about 25 years old when I first picked up a pencil to draw something. I liked the feel of the pencil in my hand. I drew my family from memory. They were primitive graphite sketches but I did manage to find a resemblance. My family was always very important to me and therefore, their images are repeated throughout my work.
I went to the New School and studied with Sylvia Sleigh who was married to Lawrence Alloway. We fast became friends and Sylvia and Lawrence would come to my apartment for Christmas parties and such.
After my BA I, realized I could not draw the way I wanted. My vision was to be able to draw the figure with precision. I wanted to bring the image down to the page in quick expressive motions of my pencil. I envisioned swinging the pencil across the page exacting proportions and expressions of the figure in front of me. I knew the only place I could develop this skill was at the Art Students League. I was drawing forty hours a week. It took a few years to acquire a skill and it took study. I studied master drawings at the Metropolitan Museum Drawing Department, the Morgan Library and at Sotheby’s.
Then I started to draw from the family photo album. I turned to etching as a venue for the large images. I fell in love with the technique, the tactile connection to the plate and the tools and the smell of the ink. I found my life’s work. Printmaking offers me endless possibilities in terms of imagery and technique.