1.How long have you been an artist? - I used to do concerts in my grandparent’s living room. Usually, it was two songs by The Carpenters, so, yeah, since I was a preschooler or something like that?
2.What are your favorite mediums? - I really like John Edward. No, that’s not what you mean? I like performance art. Cabaret. I don’t like being pigeon-holed or categorized. Today, I’m all fashion. Tomorrow, I’m Sinead O’Connor. The day after, Dita Von Teese. It’s really anybody’s guess.
3.How many mediums did you try before deciding on your favorites? – I was born liking what I liked and not liking what I didn’t like. Does that make sense? For example, I always felt I was some old Hollywood soul…which explains why my dad could NOT get me to like Little League at all. Seriously, stop throwing a ball at me and telling me to run! RUN WHERE!?
4.Do you plan to experiment in different mediums/genres? – I’m older than I care to admit, so, I really want to say no. But, with me? Who knows? I took up watercolors during a time of drug experimenting. I realize that’s a both stupid and cliché thing to say, but it’s true. I haven’t painted since I quit.
5.What ONE medium will you NEVER use again? - See above. ;-)
6.Is your art for sale and if so, where can we find it? – I’m a performance artist. I guess, where ever I’m being featured!
1.Tell us a horror story concerning your art. You know, when it went all kinds of crazy on you. – It only goes crazy if I drink too much before I perform. I choreographed one of my acts about just this thing. At the end, I “vomit” glitter and confetti. Then I pass out. It gets a lot of laughs.
2.What’s your favorite memory concerning your art? – There are highlights at each and every performance.
3.Who are some of your artist heroes and why? – Dita, of course. But she’s more classic. I’m less classic and more “neo-burlesque” and also, “cabaret.” Yes, I employ the whole “ladylike” thing, but I can push that envelope. One of my heroes, I’ve actually worked with – Miss Scarlett Black, the Siren of Sin. She makes her own rules and I love that!
4.Do you have any rituals before, during, or after you create?- Rituals are a part of my daily life, from start to finish. Where would I begin?
5.Where do you get your supplies? - Online, mostly. I particularly like shops with the word “stripper” in them. My favorite shop is Yandy.Com
6.Inspiration comes in all forms. Where is the strangest place you’ve found inspiration? – In my own crazy-ass past.
7.Have you ever created a piece you refuse to let go? If so, what and why? – Once my performances are out there, they are out there, so I guess I always let go.
8.Do you ever speak to your creations? - No, but I talk to myself, a lot.
9.Most of us have muses. Tell us about yours? – I take little bits from the classics, like Bettie Page and Jayne Mansfield, but as for actual muses – I dunno. Anything that embodies the divine feminine…and sometimes the sacred masculine. I rule nothing out.
And moving on even further…
1.Weirdest food combination you’ve eaten? – I was raised “redneck” so there was lots of deer, elk, some weird-ass fish caught somewhere. Some reindeer, caribou and I hate to say this, even bear. I am a staunch vegetarian now, though. I even go vegan for much of the time, slipping up only with my mistress that is cheese.
2.Dare you’ve completed? – I always chose “truth” in that game…
3.Favorite guilty pleasure? - Stupid movies like “Showgirls.” I LOVE that one!
4.Fantasy vacation? – Anywhere the hell out of Texas…?
5.Something you’ve done, that you’ll never do again, but are happy you did it? - Can’t go there, darlin’! Gotta wait until my OWN memoir comes out! ;-)
6.Most artists have at least one vice. What’s yours? - Too many to list. Drinking champagne as I type this. Normally, though, it’s some kind of tea. And when I’m out, martinis…and I don’t discriminate – any and all martinis are a-okay in my book!
7.Name something you once thought impossible but have seen come into fruition. – I’ve had two kids! TWO! I didn’t even used to like to babysit, and now I have two kids, one grown, one just starting to figure out who she is. I never thought that would happen for me. I am very blessed.
8.Favorite quote about art? – I don’t have a favorite quote about art, but the song “Vincent” by Don MacLean makes me cry every time I hear it.
9.Words of advice and final thoughts for our readers? – Be who and what you are. Unapologetically. Those who will love you, already do. Those who hate you, well, the same is true. (Hey, look! That rhymed!)