I was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, and I am proud to be a Texan. When asked in kindergarten, “What would you like to be when you grow up?,” I replied, “An artist!” My mother’s maiden name is Millet, and her ancestry links back to the painter Jean-Francois Millet. In 1961, my family moved to Galesburg, Illinois, before my first birthday. I grew up saying pop instead of soda, gym shoes not sneakers, and frontage roads instead of feeders, in a land where basketball was bigger than football. I was one of two girls who ran with the boys’ cross-country team because Title IX under the Civil Rights Act allowing equal opportunity for women’s sports had just been granted. During high school I earned money detasseling corn and painting old farm houses. My nickname was Cutts, and my initials are SAW—perfect for a visual artist.