|But Epple isn't
in making lots of money, just enough so she doesn't have to ever worry,
enough so she can continue to volunteer her time and talents.
That's why she lives in this
small house that looks very ordinary from the outside. Once inside though,
it's like being in an intimate gallery.
Original paintings by Rauschenberg,
and Pottorf and other well-known artists hang on the walls. More paintings
lean on the walls. She says she has to save up money for the frames.
"I keep a low profile on the
outside," she says. "Only a few people know where I live. I've pared everything
down so I don't have to work so hard to make money or to make big payments."
People who know Epple talk
of her simple life style.
"She's cleared her life of
all the extraneous stuff so she can focus on what really matters to her,"
Stuart Brown says.
"Oh, I was the egghead, the
artist" she says of her
school years. "I was terribly shy. I'm more outgoing now."
But Epple still can't quite
believe the life she's living.
"I think it still amazes her
the people she hobnobs with, like Bob Rauschenberg and his friends," says
artist Elaine Hayes of SyZyGy galley at Royal Palm Square. "She doesn't
seem to realize people want her to be with them."