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Name and any story behind how you got it…

Saima after my Finnish mother, Deane after my father’s sister and aunt. (They called her Tantine.) Deanie is a family nickname. Hancock was my maiden name, French, acquired by marriage.

Your family…

My father was a figurative sculptor, my mother, a kindergarten teacher and wise caretaker of many.

My ex-husband and I adopted two Korean babies, Anna Song and Jonathan Joon, father of Seoul and McEwan.

Nima is my partner and reason for moving to Nashville.


January 16, 1947

Art & Soul Member since…

Introduced to A&S in the early ’90s

A favorite Art & Soul memory?

Right now: Seeing dear friends and family on Zoom joining

with my A&S family in the studio for my gallery talk.

Last TV show you binge-watched?A French Village

Most recent read… Updike’s The Beauty of the Lilies

Movie you love… Il Postino

Guilty pleasure… Chocolate

Favorite vacation… Almost anywhere!! (OK, Italy, Crete, Finland, etc)

Favorite holiday… Thanksgiving

Favorite food… See above

Something you’d like to learn in the next year… Finnish. Haha

Here are the keys to a time machine. When are you going to first? Early Renaissance France or Italy ... for the music

What makes you laugh? Dogs

What superpower would you like to have? To understand all the languages ever spoken.

From Proust’s Questionnaire:

What is your idea of perfect happiness? Walking along a beach just at water’s edge, watching my grandsons

What is your greatest fear? Authoritarianism. That the world will be too toxic for my grandsons to live safely.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Projections

What is the trait you most deplore in others? Ditto

Which living person do you most admire? Sadguru

What is your motto? Everything passes, silence remains.

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