A Brief Bio of the Artist

I began bonding with children with disabilities and their families at age 13.  I had a lot to give, and to learn.  Without role models or mentors  I  worked and met people and kept myself open to possibilities.

A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong she is until she gets into hot water.  -Eleanor Roosevelt

In college a professor described people with the lowest I.Q.’s as “idiots” and “morons.” Children I’d worked with and cared for put in these boxes?  No way. Meanwhile it was  a time of revolution; women’s rights, civil rights, anti-war sentiment. I left school and drove around the U.S. in my VW bus with my cat, discovering my ability to be self-reliant, make decisions, and deal with being alone.

Be the change that you want to see in the world.  -Mahatma Gandhi

I didn’t know how much I wanted to be a mother until I was 24. A few years before I led women’s Consciousness Raising groups.  Mothering my tribe of 4 children born in 7 years required skills I learned, adopted or created. I wanted my sons to be secure and sensitive, and my daughters to create lives based on their strengths.
Oh the delights of having babies I could breastfeed, and for whom I could bake bread, make learning toys and find new ways to discipline that didn’t require hairbrushes or belts.  My beloved grandmother, Esther, was my reference point in loving my children. There’s 5 of them- and I’m so grateful.

To be courageous means to be afraid but to go a little step forward anyway.  -Beverly Smith

Bad things do happen; a cancer diagnosis, several surgeries, a crumpled 18 year marriage. Deaths of family members, friends. During one of the recurring periods of depression I learned a new craft that made me feel good.

Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without words, and never stops at all.  -Emily Dickinson

And so was born Esther’s Girls. I created art and wrote stories. Studied graphic design. Entered shows and pushed to create in new ways. I’m also a full time caregiver, a homemaker, and a part time wage-earner, a gardener and a reader. I no longer have depression. I am in love with living, mesmerized by a leaf fluttering outside my window, a bird singing.  Yearning for peace and enlightenment in the world. My disabled son teaches me everyday to deal, to cope, to smile and laugh – and so I do. **Collecting inspiring or fun quotes is part of my healing therapy and a delight I love to share.

We are the hero of our own story.   -Mary McCarthy