RIPR – Whose life isn't filled with pockets of nagging frustration and painful disappointment among the joys and triumphs that come our way? These highs and lows are a universal experience. While some of our wildest dreams come true, others hit the proverbial brick wall or find themselves lying at the bottom of someone's wastepaper basket. But, as Gretchen Dow Simpson tells us, sometimes persistence and perseverance really do pay off.

Simpson, a native of Cambridge, Massachusetts and resident of Providence, was educated at the Rhode Island School of Design. Since 1962 she has been an artist, painter, and photographer. Fifty-eight of her paintings have been used as New Yorker Magazine covers.
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