I arrived on the shores of England (for the second time) with my best friend in Summer 2000. I planned on staying for six months. After opening the door to the art world with my own hands by way of a photography gallery internship in Autumn 2001, I have remained ever since in the city that captured my heart: London.
Every day that I worked for free at my internship (2 days a week for 3 months), my colleagues told me I was bonkers. I bounded in each morning with a bounce in my step. My boss at the retail management job told me to “go and try the art thing”… and to return when I was done. I never went back. I have regularly been told that I don’t “fit inside the British box.” Well that makes sense, as I’m not a Brit, but a citizen of the world.
Following one failed business, a ton of lessons, and two amazing organisations that I founded, I’m having an absolute ball.
What have I learned? To appreciate an unrelentingly positive attitude and continual appreciation for that which I have to be thankful.
I now spend the vast majority of my work life developing Be Smart About Art: “Art is your life. Make it your living.”. Complimentary to this, I steer the Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD). And credit to his remarkable talent and dedication, I joyously champion the photography of my partner, Chris King.
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p.s. Be sure to check out ckpho.to/