I am learning how to paint: Cathy Opie

Oil on canvas, 2007

I started taking painting lessons in October 2007. My teacher Celeste Dupuy-Spencer asked me on the first day, "So, what do you want to paint?" and I got nervous--I had no idea. I looked around her studio and thought maybe her dog? But no, fur is hard to start with. So we decided that I would learn by copying a painting. She started looking through some book of 19th century Dutch painting and I started flipping through Harmony Hammond's Lesbian Art in America. I originally was like "Oh, I should paint a Nicole Eisenman!" But Celeste said NO WAY. "You can't do that because she's my teacher." I landed on Cathy Opie's back. My first painting!