I'm a botanical artist and illustrator, calligrapher, teacher, online art instructor, confessed craftaholic, and flower&cat lady extraordinaire. I come from a long line of artists, gardeners, and crafty women and I wish to use the skills learned from my ancestors to help others find joy and fulfillment through artistic expression.
My earliest memories are of sitting at my grandmother’s feet while she sewed, knitted, and embroidered, listening to her stories about the old country and learning her many crafts. I also loved to draw and paint flowers more than anything and I would spend hours sitting on the ground with my crayons and markers translating with my hands all the beautiful plants from my grandmother's garden and the fantastical creatures that inhabited that magical place in my imagination - fairies, pixies, gnomes, sylphs, and other magical beings, and they, along with the plants, all wanted to be painted. My childhood was indeed a fairy tale!
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 on a lovely spring day or breezy summer evening, gazing into the eyes of my beloved, enjoying my potted garden, observing the artwork of my favorite botanical artists, 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 am deeply stimulated by flowers and pastoral beauty - nature in its most playful forms, fairy lore, and romantic vintage images of New York in the Gilded Age, and my work is driven by the desire to leave something beautiful behind with every step I take. The experience of painting plants is energizing and magical, they almost seem to exert their will. Their resilience and beauty is a testament to life. I paint flowers to connect with that force and to celebrate it.
I love teaching others, specially how to paint and embroider flowers, and how to make beautiful letters to create inspirational quotes, just as much as I love making art. I'm very passionate about bringing the joy of creating to everyone and I firmly believe that everybody has the ability to be imaginative and creative - it is not a talent that only a few fortunate gifted 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 or playing with my two fur babies - Olive and Riley, or tending to my beloved plants, I can be found all over New York City bringing my passion and enthusiasm for teaching calligraphy, painting, embroidery, and all kinds of crafts at private and corporate events, fundraisers, at the New York Botanical Garden, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, CraftJAM, at Michaels stores, and everywhere that will be welcoming to my students and I.
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 one true love and painting botanical art is my greatest passion. However, 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.