Im a writer as well as a painter.
I cant remember a time when I didnt
yearn to create.
When the first of my children, now grown, was
born, I had an excuse to leave my job, as a magazine editor, and stay
home full time. Four years later, my twins were born. I spent a lot of
time fantasizing about the good-old days when I could read the newspaper
in bed, had clothes that werent stained with spit-up, and got a
full nights sleep. Nevertheless, Id finally achieved my dream
of having the freedom to use my time as I wished. I wrote when I could,
and as my children grew, I had more time to write.
I write articles, essays, short stories,
and books, much of it influenced by the many years I lived in Baton
Rouge, Louisiana. My short stories have been published in dozens
of literary magazines, as well as in New Stories from the South:
The Years Best and The Pushcart Prizes. My journalistic
work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,
The Washington Post, Commentary, Bon Appetit, Ladies
Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, Haaretz, Washingtonian, Smithsonian,
and Town and Country, among other publications. In the wake
of Hurricane Katrina, from my perch at ground zero,
I wrote a series of Op-Ed essays for The Washington Post.
I also write books---four to date. Like my other work, my books
fall under no one category.
I didnt begin painting until I was in
my early forties, and started experiencing what I call waking visions,
wherein a full image, sometimes accompanied by text, comes into my mind.
I paint on all kinds of surfaces as well as on all kinds of objects---cast-off
washing-machine doors, plywood, packing-crates, and other refuse that
I find and haul homeand believe that the images that come to me
are gifts from outside myself, from a Source that I cant define
but can only thank.
My visual work has variously been categorized
as outsider art, folk art, and visionary
art. It has been shown at Nicholls State University, Louisiana State
University, the Acadiana Center for the Arts, the Jewish Heritage Foundation
of North Carolina, the Inside Out Gallery in Minneapolis, the Sixth and
I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C., the Attic Gallery in Vicksburg,
Mississippi, Gallery Rue Cou Cou in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the Masur
Museum of Art in Monroe, Louisiana, Congregation Shomrei Emunah, Gallery
U in Montclair, New Jersey, 73SeeGallery in Montclair NJ, The Galean Gallery
in West Orange, NJ, and the Montclair Museum of Art. My work can be seen
at Outsider Art Gallery in Frenchtown, NY, on an on-going basis. I also
paint on commission.