Tell us about one of the first pieces you created.
I have been painting and drawing my whole life, though I was banned from finger-painting in kindergarten, because it was all I wanted to do. I came from an artistic family, and was always encouraged, though it was made clear to me that it was not a career path that I should take seriously.
What artist(s) or works have influenced you?
I gravitate to abstraction that has an emotional component. There are so many amazing artists living and dead who have influenced me but...