I was introduced to Dian Fossey and her work in occupational therapy with autistic children followed by her opposition to the poaching of gorillas in Africa in the late 1970's through an article in National Geographic magazine and it was through her I began an interest in activism through slow and steady work and commitment. At that time, I signed a petition to boycott the ravaging of the rainforest in order to grow chocolate which I didn't eat for two years until my father mentioned that it was probably okay to enjoy ethically grown and harvested chocolate (thank goodness!). In the 1980's I was saddened when I watched the movie of her life and death, 'Gorilla's in the Mist' where she was played by Sigourney Weaver, Throughout the years I often wished that my passion was more concrete in helping others as hers was but over time I have learned that the arts are as important to human beings as anything else. Because of a family history of clinical depression and anxieties, suicide and alcoholism, I see first-hand the benefits of a creative life and so dedicate my life to not only my own creative exploration but also to the creative efforts of others. Through this work I have found my place in this world.
AIRdirondack Art Project