OCCUPATION: Artist and owner of The Grills Gallery.
RESIDENCE: Ashaway … after a 13-year absence living in Raleigh, N.C.
BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: I was born in the Westerly Hospital and raised in Ashaway.
RIGHT NOW, I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Painting a hydrangeas series.
I ENJOY SPENDING MY TIME: Spending my time with my daughter, Jordan, and our two dogs, Buttons and Pearl.
MY PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Starting the gallery: It bears my family name. I hope my parents, the late Richard and Patricia Grills, are smiling down on me from heaven believing I’ve added something positive to our family legacy.
I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED: As a loving mother, aunt and sister. A generous person who added to the culture of our community.
TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: To meet the fabulous Hoda and Savanah from the “Today” show.
ALWAYS IN MY POCKET: My iPhone and pizza from DCP-Voc’s Pizza (Rob and Kelly Vocatura’s place) cannot live without either … as an artist or a mom!
WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: An artist, businesswoman and teacher — I have done two and a half. I see being an artist as a lifelong journey.
PERSON WHO HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST: Can’t narrow it down: my parents, my brother, Michael, and my sister-in-law Laurie, and my first bosses in the business world, Susan Santos and Jan Feyler from Girl Scouts of RI — two extraordinary women who showed me what I am capable of doing.
FAVORITE AUTHOR: Jane Austen
BOOKS ON MY NIGHT STAND: “ “Degas, a Passion for Perfection,” by Jane Munro; “F in Exams, The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers,” by Richard Benson; “History, Mystery and Lore of Rhode Island,” by Kelly Sullivan Pezza; and “The Mistress,” by Danielle Steel.
I AM LISTENING TO: The Revivalists, Blues Traveler, Sia, and ’70s rock.
LAST MOVIE WATCHED: “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Amazing performances.
FAVORITE TV SHOW: “The West Wing.”
FAVORITE SONG: Right now it’s “Chandelier” by Sia.
FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and loaded homemade mac and cheese.
SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES I USE MOSTLY: Facebook and Instagram.
TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE: Kindness.
PET PEEVE: Bad drivers.
FAVORITE QUOTATION: “To thine own self be true.”
LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: While in college I was cast as Holly, a troublesome camp counselor in a slasher film who met her demise with an ax to the head. Unfortunately, the project lost its funding.
BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: Was from my dad … “Only a fool doesn’t change his mind.”
ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: Live fully, richly, and intentionally.
IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: I would hire the most intelligent, diplomatic, qualified persons I could find to replace me. I know my limits!
IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: I would go to a local restaurant and anonymously buy everyone’s meal.
I DRIVE A: Bright blue 2017 Jeep Sahara.
I WISH I DROVE A: A convertible.
ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Eggs and takeout containers.
IF I COULD HOST A DINNER PARTY WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE FROM THE PAST, PRESENT OR FUTURE, I WOULD INVITE: The cast of “Saturday Night Live” including Alec Baldwin and Donald Trump. I would just sit back in my armchair and watch the satire fly!
Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro