Was there a specific faculty member or peer who especially inspired you while at the School of the Arts? If so, who and how?
Peppino Mangraviti, my advisor, said after the second month "If you keep painting those cows, you will not make it out of here?" I thought "OK, I think I'll try abstraction." A sort of painterly abstraction thinking about walking through sloughs worked for me. I liked John Heliker and his work.
How did attending the School of the Arts impact your work and career as an artist?
Luckily I became a teacher and then a professor of painting. It was a very satisfying job helped greatly by my strong background in art history from Albert Elsen at Carleton but out of Columbia and Shapiro at Columbia