by stefani greenwood

This Monday we are featuring one of my dearest and best friends – Nancy Picot Riegelman.  She is one of my biggest inspirations and one of my most favorite people.  An artist,  professor of illustration, author of many books and a minimalist  (to name just a few of her accomplishments), she is intriguing in every way, very kind and most exquisite.  Los Angeles residents and visitors have a special opportunity to view her work which will be opening this Saturday, November 19th at Western Project (2762 S. La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90034).  I can’t say enough good things about Nancy… I adore her.  I hope you enjoy her interview.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your current obsessions: I am an instructor at two design schools.  When I am alone I dream about elegant surfaces.

Tell us a story from your childhood.  When I was ten I went to an English boarding school where one day I taught my younger sister to shave her legs.  I nicked her and blood ran.  I was caught and put into solitary confinement.  I found the whole episode to be quite fun. My father taught me to use an abacus.  My mother taught me to love fresh crab and hot fudge ice cream sundaes.  We went as a family to fancy cafes – I dressed in a navy blue double breasted coat, white gloves and a beret.  My grandparents bought me an ice cream cone and a lollipop.  So when we arrived at the cafe and the family ordered an elaborate cake made with toffee chips and mocha frosting and it was placed next to me I had no hands free.  I just lowered my head into the cake.

I also remember drawing pictures of country houses.

What is something you recently learned that you would like to share with our readers? 17th century Tantric art often looks like contemporary John McLaughlin paintings.

Describe where you are right now. I am at a table facing the San Bernardino Mountains covered in snow.

What are three things on your to do list?  Call the people whose events I missed and apologize, go to the dentist and remember to pick up my dress for my opening…

Thank you so very much Nancy!

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