I'm an artist, art teacher, botanical art lover, creativity coach, flower girl, and fairy extraordinaire. I come from a long line of artists and wise women and I use the skills learned from my ancestors to help others find joy and fulfillment through artistic expression.
My earliest memories are of loving to draw and paint more than anything and I would spend hours sitting on the floor with my crayons and markers translating with my hands all the flowers from my grandmother's garden and the fantastical creatures that inhabited that magical garden and my mind and pleaded to be born on paper.
I'm constantly searching for new ways to express my deepest thoughts and feelings into art and I find inspiration in everything around me - the beauty of this city I love and its gorgeous botanical gardens and conservatories, an exceptionally gorgeous sunset, the feeling of the wind brushing against my face, gazing into the eyes of my beloved, and even in the most mundane of activities like watching suds forming on the surface of a dish I'm washing. Inspiration is everywhere, in everything, all the time, and ready to be transformed into art if only we allow ourselves to be open to the beauty and poetry around us.
I love teaching just as much as I love making art. I'm very passionate about bringing the joy of painting to everyone and I firmly believe that everybody has the ability to paint - it is not a talent that only a few fortunate ones have, but a skill that can be learned and practiced, and once acquired, it opens the door to finding happiness through artistic expression. My motto in life is "Make art, feel happy!"
When I'm not in my studio creating, I can be found all over New York City bringing my passion and enthusiasm for teaching drawing and painting to adults and children at birthday parties, fundraisers, paint and sip events, private and corporate events, and at Michaels stores in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Creating art is a form of meditation and spiritual dialogue. Within the subconscious, there is a rich world of images; a wealth of connections and memories, built layer upon layer, much like my art works. As a spiritual and reflective person, I am compelled to search through these images for meaning and significance. As an artist, I seek to refine this information and create personal work with substance and beauty, work that translates the rich landscape of my dreams, the imagery of my inner worlds, and the breathtaking nature around me.
Watercolor is my greatest passion but I am also drawn to mixed media because it allows me to use a variety of materials and techniques in each new painting. My process, however, remains consistent. I like to work in layers that build upon each other, culminating in a progression of cohesive textures, colors, and patterns that repeat throughout my work. Through continuous experimentation, I keep finding new inspiration that grows and builds upon itself, which invariably leads to my next paintings.