HK: Do people look at your art differently because you’re a woman?
CT: The art world is a man’s world. One time I was painting a wall in Richmond, Virginia. This guy walked up and asked who painted the wall. My friends told him it was me, but he just didn’t buy it. Now, when people ask me who the artist is, I tell them “you just missed him,” because I want them to see my art for what it is, and not a “girl’s work.” A part of me wants to speak up, because how many stories written from the male perspective have portrayed women unfavorably? But would speaking up rob me of other opportunities to travel and work on projects because people might think I’m “whiny”?