In 2008 and on into 2009 I did not have a regular job, and was left to my own devices. I spent a lot of time in the neighborhood as I worked on my weight loss book. As I wandered I was struck by how ugly and shabby my neighborhood looked in spite of it being one of the best most friendly and welcoming places I’ve ever lived. Many of the people living there had never in their lives been to an art museum or gallery. I was inspired to bring the art to them and myself, and so began a journey that had me speaking with many different people from everywhere. Eventually connections were made and the Welling Court Mural Project was born. Today it is one of the 10 hottest art destinations in NYC. The people living there are proud of the place they live and many of them now participate each year in creating art on the ever changing walls of Welling Court.