In 2010 an extreme medical crisis left me missing part of my memory. Sadly that included the part of my brain that knew how to paint. While I knew what tools I needed, and I could remember how to mix colors, the very act of picking up a brush would send me into a panic attack. I did not recognize any of my brushes, their purposes or even how to hold them. They were totally alien to me. How could I be an artist if I couldn’t even remember how to use the tools? Finally, out of total frustration, I decided to try playing with rice papers and see what I could create. And there in the wrinkles of paper I had casually adhered to canvas, I saw a female figure emerge. Using paper towels dipped in paint, I worked colors over the figure, gently wiping off the extra, and thus the REBIRTH of my art began, with paper towels rather than brushes… and with a young woman emerging from the mist in a painting titled “Whisper,” the first in a collection of women now titled THE REBIRTH SERIES.