1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
Quite some time ago I was Director of Marketing in the Investment Advisory Department of a prominent brokerage firm. In 1990 I opened up a Family Office in downtown Chicago across the street from The Art Institute of Chicago. Currently we only have one client... me.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
Everybody all over the world reads Mad Magazine! I love this piece because it has so many outstanding details. Carlos Chagas spent over two months painting it. Notice how offensive and insulting it is. There is a line and it's been crossed in this painting.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I started collecting comic art in the early 1990s because I liked it. It was new to me. I didn't know what was out there so everything was exciting and I was sick and tired of baseball cards. I was in New York talking to Sotheby's and Christies after my mother died because she had a large collection of old antique English furniture and my sister, brother, and I wanted to sell it and divide up the money. I noticed that Christie's East was having a comic book and comic art sale and I spent a Friday afternoon at the preview talking to Joe and Nadia Mannarino. They were very nice to me and the next day I was foolish enough to raise my hand a couple of times too many and that's how all this got started.
I still have almost all of those pieces and two of them appear for sale in my Gallery. After that I became mentally ill and my insane behavior started to increase rapidly so I sought out professional help from the people at Comic Art Fans and Bill Leach who insisted I take the plunge and contact you guys. Please help me and buy some of my art or if you are a good looking girl please call me or send me a picture and your email address. I don't want to offend anybody but if I do please blame Bill Leach. His phone number and home address are available from me upon request.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I display my collection in my office from floor to ceiling. Some pictures of my office are on display at www.preciouspaper.com and at home I use all available wall space and rotate the art regularly.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
I don't buy anything anymore except the original artwork to the covers of Mad Magazine but I'm willing to look at anything.
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