“As a child, I lived in the infinite realm of my imagination. Running on the beach being the goddess of the seas…dancing with mythical tigers in secret jungles…prancing across a desert oasis veiled in tribal jewels. As I grew, so grew my passion to imagine, to create, and to share fantasy, ritual, magic! "Someone once said 'Children are a wonderful way to start people.' A passion to keep the child in all of us alive has been a great source of joy to me.”

 

“Growing up, I'd rarely come straight home from school. I'd meander around, seeking secret hideouts I knew were full of treasures from other worlds. I used to collect little stones in bags. I delighted in their shapes and colors, and at home I'd put them in different arrangements and love them. I remember always dreaming beyond what I knew, then coming up with something that
made the dreams come true. I am an artist and artists are dreamers. Sometimes my designs come to mind fully formed ... most of the time they evolve. A thought becomes a shape, colors become an idea, an eye, a spirit, a being. “ 

“As I grew older, however, I felt emotionally unstable and untalented. I guess you could say I grew up in a broken home. My father married three times, my mother twice. I found some measure of peace in playing the guitar, dancing and drawing, and left home at 14 with only a paper bag of clothing, cleaned houses and cared for children in exchange for room and board. I dropped out of high school and became a vagabond, going around singing and playing the guitar.”

“My own personal evolution as a woman has been tremendously inspired by a battle with the bone disease I was born with. Osteopetrosis, literally "stone bone" or Albers-Schönberg disease, is an extremely rare inherited disorder in which the bones harden, becoming denser and break very easily. I was first diagnosed in 1952 when I broke my leg while roller skating. I was eight years old. This disease has repeatedly inspired me to learn that my continuously breaking bones and my frequent inability to stand upright has nothing at all to do with my ability to create and contribute. I see, over and over, that the human spirit is above and beyond the confines of the body. If I had to choose between good health and my artistic gifts, I would choose my art —in a second, in a heartbeat.”