I got my MFA in 1977 and spent the next 20 years working as an artist while
also working as a taxi and limo driver in NYC. I felt that having the taxi
and limo jobs would give me the time I needed to get my art done. I did get a
lot done in that time but it was grueling. In order to have enough time for
art I worked three 12 - 16 hour days in a row driving.
As I got older, I felt that I could not keep it up and started teaching in
1991. I spent the last eight years focusing on my teaching and things have
gone well. Now that I feel that I have gotten things down as a teacher I am
going back to my own work with renewed ideas and energy.
Also, some of the decisions that have been made in my school and district
have left me disillusioned. Therefore, I am no longer doing all of the extra
staff development teaching and other extra things I used to do for my school
or the district. This gives me more time for my students and my own work.
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