1. What's in your wallet right now?
A Metro card, debit card and $20 dollars a day. (Only bills, I pay with paper and at the end of each day all change goes into a piggy bank. The change pays for books.) A Jade Salon card which needs one more check for a free pedicure. Mini map, pince-nez glasses and a Tiffany pen.
2. What do you wish your parents taught you about money?
That it's all right to enjoy it.
3. What is your worst habit around finances?
As a young, single working Mom in my own design business, I’d work and glide. One project could keep us for a few months. I paid the bills, budgeted carefully and fortunately never got in any debt. But, inevitably would come the drought. Sleepless, anxious and in despair, sometimes with only a few dollars in the bank, I imagined myself at The End of My Career, washed up, living either in a box or worse yet, with my parents.
4. What makes you happy?
Making art is my business and bliss.
5. Where does money come from?
Doin’ what makes me happy, good fortune, good genes, good investments, dead, wealthy relatives and occasionally, hard work!
6. Personal philosophy around money?
It's okay to make money. It's a means to an end. Always stop and ask, “Is this what I want to use it for?” The more you have the more you want.
7. What would you do with a million dollars?
Hire a tall, dark, handsome tango partner. Buy a sunny loft with a studio to die for. Have all my sculptures bronzed. Pick up the check more often.
8. What is your most prized possession?
Things are only things, except for my checkerboard glasses. What I most care about are family and friends.
9. Who is your role model?
Never had a role model. I meet individuals that inspire me — with their kindness, spirit, generosity, their ability to cope, to love, to live life to its fullest. I admire those who accomplish, dance a great tango, play a violin, write a symphony or sing an aria that sends shivers up my spine.
10. What is your greatest achievement?
My son. His amazing abilities as a father astound me. Personally, my sculpture, The Three Graces ain’t bad!
11. How did you get started as an artist?
Earliest memory: gluing beads, pearls and sequins on the wrapping paper for my friend Jane's 5th birthday present. At six, a benefactor sponsored and encouraged my artistic, dance and musical abilities. The rest is history and as they say, “Practice, practice, practice.”
12. What contributions to society do you want to make?
Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY) students were expected to give one hour of service for each week of their education. It's great being a Literacy Volunteer—helping a youngster to improve their reading skills, finding pleasure in books.
13. If you could buy one thing right now what would it be?
Recently, I've created a Wish List which consists primarily of things to give my apartment a lift— a vibrant new color, a comfortable chair with ottoman and framing the edgy self portraits I painted this summer. The list is on paper because if you write it, it WILL come true. My first wish has just come true—a wire hair fox terrier.
14. Favorite activity that doesn't cost a dime?
Reading a great novel on the Broadway bus. It doesn't cost a dime—two dollars, but that's a cheap thrill.
15. How do you indulge yourself?
A croissant on Sunday mornings. A massage. Red toenails. A teaspoon of sugar in a cafe con leche.
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