How did you get into debt?
undergraduate loans, low paying non-profit jobs and not being able to cover basic utilities and expenses. some medical.
How does your economic reality effect your art?
With a good education, good jobs, we were not financially stable in NYC. We stressed and barely had time for our children and art. Wanting a new way of life, we left NYC for Puerto Rico. It is a simpler, peaceful life but with harsher economic realities. I have not visited NYC since leaving in 2014. I was just accepted for an exhibit there in February. I may not be making it. It won't be the first show I have pulled out of. Our one car is committed to this area where the boys go to school. Most art opportunities are in San Juan, over 2 hours away. I miss many of them. I have had paintings turned down for shows here because they weren't framed. Framing art is not my reality due to finances. I started teaching to offset this, but my time is now committed to curricula development/ lesson planning/ grading. The income still doesn't cover my needs and yet the income I can generate from my art has declined because I have not been able to dedicate the time it requires. This however fuels an arsenal of concepts and ideas, but many pile up without being executed.
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
Yes, as in people would see it more! Limited resources means limited opportunity to get my work out into the world.