As a printmaker and mixed media artist, I spent years using harsh chemicals. My hands were a mess. So, I started greening my art methods, changing all my inks to water-based ones and reusing materials and papers whenever I could. Of course, as a mixed media artist, it’s hard to throw anything out—trash is my medium of choice. I am forever picking things up from the streets, although I make sure to not any toxic materials.
In June 2011, I read an article in Grid about how artist Tom Judd uses found cardboard in his projects. It sparked an idea for my group of 25 ARTsisters to make art from the old art we all have in our closets. ARTsisters is a group I founded in 2005 when I realized my long-time friend and fellow artist, Leslie DeBrocky, functioned as more than a friend in discussing and helping me with my art. She understood the process and could really understand the highs and lows involved in the challenges of being a professional artist.