Born in Albany, New York, in 1947, I left for New York City in 1965 to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology. Majoring in Fashion Illustration I learned the discipline of figure drawing but never took to a career in commercial art. Instead, I got an apartment in the East Village and lived the hippie life of the Sixties. After fun communes turned to frightening cults and domestic violence, I somehow found my way back to school to earn an MFA from the University at Albany in 1983. A few years later I returned to New York and set up a live/work studio on the Lower East Side and became part of a community of artists spanning the boroughs of the city. I remained there until 2018 when I returned to my hometown of Albany to live near my grandchildren. Here, my entire house has become my studio, and I've discovered the vibrant Hudson Valley art scene.
My career spanned a range of work, from realistic paintings of angels to wall-sized photocopies of genitals, from pristine symmetrical drawings to charcoal fingerprint murals. There have also been forays into wood construction and video as I carry "the personal as political” torch. I have had name changes along the way too, from my early married name, Weinman, converted to Weinperson for several years, and now back to my birth surname, Braun. It's all part of a search for selfhood, expressed by my 2016 show titles, "Homeostasis" and "Crazy Bitch".
Currently I am preparing for a solo show, “My Pleasure”, at the spacious Opalka Gallery, Russel Sage College, in Albany, NY, opening March, 2022.