At one time, the Baltimore artist Amy Sherald intended to paint a portrait of herself as the Tin Man from "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz."
At age 39, Sherald, a person who stops to talk — really talk — to panhandlers and who recently raised $1,600 for a friend's rent, found herself desperately in need of a heart.
"I blacked out in a Rite Aid," she said. "The doctor told me my heart function was at 5 percent. I spent two months in the hospital waiting to have a transplant. For me, that was the end of the world."
It was also a beginning of, if not a new world, at least a new way of living in the old one.
Now, on Sherald's coffee table...