Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Finola Hughes Interview

In a whirlwind of e-mail activity I arranged to head out on assignment with Jana Waring while she interviewed Finola Hughes for Playground Magazine, Central Florida's Hip Sophisticated Parenting Magazine. Finola who was once a soap star on "General Hospital" and who is now on "How Do I Look" was in town to host Fashion Funds the Cure held at Saks Fifth Avenue. This is a fashion show in which young girls who are battling cancer make their debut on the fashion runway. The young girls beam with delight at this once in a lifetime opportunity.
I was impressed at how Jana and Finola spoke as if they were sisters right from the start. In some ways arriving in a wheel chair has its advantages Jana said, it shows your human frail side right out front and it sort of empowers me to take chances and ask sincere questions. Finola was describing in detail the trials and heart breaks of adoption and the need to accept situations as they stand. She painted a picture of her family life in broad clear strokes.
After the interview I got a chance to sit down with Jana at the Florida Mall food court. She joked with me that she wouldn't have minded being adopted by Finola herself, and Finola seemed so genuinely entranced with her, that I think that could have been arranged. We both agreed that the interview went really well. Since the interview was only a half hour it was a bit rushed from a sketch perspective but I got the major details in place and finished up back at the studio. Actually my presence may have helped Finola to talk about some of the more creative aspects of family life. For instance her husband is a painter and she says the children are encouraged to draw. Getting to work out in the field with Jana was an exhilarating experience.

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Marianne Ginsberg said...

Congratulations Thor! You have "A Passion for Painting"! I'm passing on this blog award to recognize the way your creativity has inspired me. I love the way you combine art and writing. I feel as though I'm a part of your world there in Orlando. You have proved to me that the phrase "Orlando culture" is not an oxymoron. See my blog to see the six other artist bloggers who inspire me. Please pass on the award to seven other artists who you think demonstrate a passion for painting. Thank you for your work. Best wishes, Marianne Ginsberg

Robyn said...

Mary Ann de Stefano turned me on to your site through her own weekly newsletter. Good stuff here! I admire your curiosity and adventurous spirit.