Synopsis of TREASURES
(The Memoir of an Artist)
TREASURES, is my inspiring account of survival and success. Lost in a marriage to a medical student in the late 1950s through 70s in Los Angeles, I work to support my husband and our three children to the completion of his residency. After years of isolation and being ridiculed for pursuing my own dream of becoming an artist, the woman’s movement gives me courage to leave our 21-year marriage. My story includes the threat of a gun, and an ultimate suicide. Except for our home, my husband leaves me penniless. I rebound through my own wit and investment acumen, turning my home into a business and rent to notables, among them, Joan Rivers.
I become enraptured in a doomed, wild, love affair inspiring an Erotic Series of paintings, then move to New York City, hiding those infamous works of art, not wanting to be typecast. I detail my struggle to create meaningful works of art, my various processes and the excitement of New York’s Art Scene in the 1980s and 90s. I buy a factory in Tribeca turning it into a studio and living space, witness at close range the World Trade Center disaster, and live through its aftermath. I fall in love with Hilly Kristal of CBGB rock and roll/country blues fame. My sensual paintings are re-discovered and exhibited by a New York art dealer who proclaims them to be my treasures.