"A man can make what he wants of himself if he truly believes that he must be ready for hard work and many heartbreaks."
- Thurgood Marshall, the 1st Black US Supreme Court Justice
"The measure of a country's greatness is its ability to retain compassion in times of crisis." - Ibid.
"When I was 4½ y/o my older sister died. I matured the way a sea wall weathers hurricanes. I painted a mission statement in McKinney. My two doctor parents took us vacationing at four-star locations. They loved Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort so much that we bought some condominiums, a car, and traveled there First Rate year around. I've enjoyed the natural sciences since I was a Junior Curator at the Western Hemisphere's oldest natural history museum established by socialites, business leaders, and scientists in 1812. People came from around the world to be seen by my dad. Medical residents wanted to learn to do what he did. The heiress of the German-born immigrant who built New York's Brooklyn Bridge built a specialty hospital in Philadelphia, PA for my dad. He made it the perennial #1 in the world. Dad was well known worldwide. I began collecting and mounting butterflies as a five y/o. We often visited John James Audubon's home and hiked the trails above Perkiomen Creek. I learned craftsmanship surrounded by Thomas Chippendale, Geo. Hepplewhite, Thos. Sheraton, Paul Revere silver, early American tall case clocks, old, hand-knotted Persian rugs, ... Audubon Dbl Elephant Leafs, and Peterson Field Guides. Fresh water and aquatic insects have always galvanized my attention. My folks were avid collectors, perpetual students, and voracious readers. Scientific American was my Bible as a 10 y/o. I learned how to see.
I began drawing in earnest when I was a 4 y/o and
mastered composition with a camera at 7 y/o.
Latin passion is in my hands and fingers."
AN ELEGANT BRAZILIAN WOMAN MADE IT HAPPEN FOR ME!
"I've been a fulltime artist for more than 29 years.
Elena Braga Pereira da Cunha of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,
made the arrangements for me to study under Paco Alcaraz.
She was from a very powerful and influential Colonial family,
went to school in England, and was fluent in five languages.
Her brother was liaison for a soccer club founded in 1895.
Their granddad co-founded Clube de Regatas do Flamengo
for Rio's young socialite men and ladies; His full statue
greets players and visitors to the team clubhouse.
Elena loved fine art and traveled as it pleased.
That's how she befriended D. Fco. Alcaraz.
They met in lovely Montmartre, Paris.
She must be 80 to 90 y/o now."