don't paint. Over the years I have developed my
collage technique into one which is exclusively
faithful to cutting and tearing. From the most complete
background papers to the tiniest dots of eyes and
I's, I only cut or rip. This has become a real issue
for me. I wear my "no pencils, pens nor paints"
sign like a badge of honor. I feel as if even a
pinpoint of India ink would be a betrayal and a
sin, a misrepresentation of my chosen, truly loved,
I have walked this self-imposed
straight and narrow since my book Kanahena
was published in 1988, when I used a red pen to
dot the eyes of the wolves. Those eyes still make
me wince every time I see them, and so I have kept
this rule ever since.