Painter and lithographer Edna Hibel

Always trying for the best she can do

For many years, Edna Hibel has been painting from five in the morning till five in the evening—usually seven days a week.

"For me, it's like breathing," she says. "It's what I love. I get inspired just by looking at someone passing me in an airport terminal or something that catches my eye in the corner of a room. That's my big problem in life. For everything I paint, there'll be at least a thousand that I'll never be able to paint. There just isn't time."

We talked within minutes of Hibel's boarding an aircraft to fly to Zurich for three weeks to work on a set of original stone lithographs—something she does at least once a year.

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June 30, 2003

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