With my bank account full, I moved to New York City in 2008 to see what all the hype was about. The money, however, didn't last long, and I soon could not even afford food to eat. But despite my weight of just 119 lbs, my work made incredible strides.
By 2009, I felt it best to return to Salem. There, I could actually afford to be an artist. I moved my studio in the Bowditch House (once home to Salem's famed navigator) and began producing many significant series.