It didn't surprise me at all when my friend Melissa Bush, a professional family and marriage counselor, took up Argentine Tango dancing four years ago, in 2006. Melissa knows exactly how to enjoy life, indulge herself while balancing a career, and dabbles in all sorts of artistic pursuits. Melissa and I have collaborated. I turned several of her poems into visual arts expressions. She frequently attends art openings, makes art purchases, and supports local non-profits.
Several weeks before creating this piece, Melissa was in my studio. I was showing my Decision Portraits to another couple when Melissa said, "You should stitch me...for deciding to be a tango dancer!" Of course I agreed, enthusiastically and we set the next evening for the photo shoot. Why wait? Well, the very next night was a "milonga" a block away at Vista Ballroom. Melissa stopped by my studio ... dressed "to kill" ... on her way to the milonga. We had a blast snapping sexy photos while talking about her decision. (From Wikipedia.... Milonga is a term for a place or an event where tango is danced.)