35 years old and had just arrived from Minnesota. It was exciting
to be in New York, but just a little bit scary. I rented a small
apartment in the famous Renaissance Studios building at 130
West 57th Street. On the top floor of the building lived the
popular society portrait painter Charles Baskerville, who invited
me to paint his portrait. I squandered my savings on one hour
with the top supermodel Sunny Griffin, and painted her portrait.
My cat, Pinkie, had made the trip from Minnesota, and was as
nervous as I was. J.H.S.