WILD Profile: Abbie J. Zuidema, Maps and Munchies for a cause

Who: Abbie J. Zuidema
Where she lives: Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY
What she does: Watercolor painter

Abbie Zuidema rockaway boardwalk Hurricane Sandy Relief

What she’s currently working on:
Home made flocked presentation portfolios, with ribbon & glassine, Rockaway maps for the Sandy Relief, an illustration for the Diner Journal Holiday Issue & the perfect chocolate macaroon recipe.

What good energy means to her:

What she thinks there is too much of, and too little of:
Too much bad breath & not enough laughter.

Who she would you like  to go on a “ tête à tête”?:
British painter Mary Fedden, she found true love & painted constantly until she passed away last year when she was 96.

What she would be doing if she weren’t a painter:
Making food. When I was 18 & graduated from High School I asked for a kitchen aid mixer, I didn’t want to have to wait until I got married.

On her life to-do list:
Learn how to yodel, spit fire, be a country singer, travel: go to India, go to Paris.

If she were president, she would…
Make gay marriage legal –c’mon people, this is 2012.

Her most striking moment:
When I met my husband at LIT bar on the Lower East Side 10 years ago.

What she considers a fashion “faux-pas”:

She can’t live without her…
A hot water bottle.

Who she would like to grow old with:
My husband, painter Josh Goldberg: crafter, surfer, long time burger.

What she’d like to leave for the future generation:
For scientists to develop a way to make all the garbage we are constantly creating into fuel. It’s not like we are ever going to stop making garbage.

Her next challenge:
To have a baby.

Abbie’s hero:
Julia Child. She was 50 before “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” was published. She worked on it nearly 10 years.

Her WILD Wish:
To not be a starving artist.

Abbie Zuidema Rockaway Beach Boardwalk Map Hurricane Sandy Relief

Abbie's map of the Rockaway Beach Boardwalk's summer food spots, many of which have been wiped out by Hurricane Sandy. Abbie is donating 100% of the proceeds from this map to hurricane relief in the Rockaways.


Check out more  of Abbie’s paintings here!

text by: Kate Messinger

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