"I was a tomboy when I was growing up in Mexico. I was always in trouble either at home or at school. I loved to dance and still do. Every year for Christmas I received a big box of Caran D’Ache pencils, when I was not causing trouble I was coloring something. I lost my father when I was 12 and the family moved from the flour mill where my father was the manager to an apartment in the city. From that day my mother sister and I had to find ways to support us. I went to an all girls English school, the principal and founder was from England our education was very Victorian . Our classes were very small, our High School teacher was from upstate New York, she inspired us to follow our dreams and explore the various options. In my class there were only 10 girls, and a great bond existed between us. A bond that still there after all these years."
— Elena Osterwalder, painter, installation artist