artist, photographer, art director
I’m a survivor, a storyteller, a healer, a mother, a seeker of love and wisdom, an artist, and creative director.
My exploration in the arts began at an early age with drawing and painting, but it wasn’t until I took my first photography class at 13 that I saw a viable, professional future in the arts. I continued my studies, receiving a Bachelors in Photography and Motion Picture Sciences from The Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA in 2002.
My Commercial Life
From 2003-2006, I worked as a coordinator and producer in television for the Food Network and Fine Living Network, on 6 different series and 20 different specials yearly. In 2006, I began working as a photographer, designer, and web developer in New York, specializing in commercial photography and full branding campaigns, primarily working with small business and food publications in the Hudson Valley and NYC. I also freelanced as a prop buyer and coordinator for fashion shoots, as well as produced corporate videos. My clients over the last 13 years have included World of Chris Collins, NASA, Neiman Marcus, Vogue Italia, The Roundhouse Beacon, Zagat Wine, Hudson Valley Seed, Valley Table Magazine, The Hand Foundation, Rock and Snow, and Coppersea Distillery, and More Good.
Throughout the many roles I find myself in, I’m happiest when I can offer a more holistic approach to insuring a cohesive brand as an art director, developing the logo, style guide, web design, web development, print collateral, photography, and social media tool kits. I enjoy building brands and igniting opportunities in taking them to the next level, year by year.
Life as an Artist
While building my professional career in my 20’s, there was a shadow in my personal life that I spent years burying, until recently. I’m a survivor of domestic violence. I’ve spent the last ten years healing from that trauma, and in that process, I’ve been developing artwork that psychologically explores abuse and my healing techniques and wisdom. Beyond externalizing my journey, I’m hoping to help heal other survivors, or at the very least, remind them that they’re not alone. This collection of art and poetry is entitled Without Fear and Full of Love™. As I continue to develop my artwork, I’m getting back into my roots of fine art, combining it with photography to create mixed-media pieces. The artwork explores bold psychological statements of my journey, sometimes using graphical interpretations, deity influences juxtaposed with surreal, and often disturbing self-portraits in nature or elements of nature. The art show premiered at BAU October 2019. I’m in the middle of finishing the book now, which I hope to launch Christmas 2019.
I also debuted another series May 2019, Bella Monnezza (Beautiful Garbage), inspired by the beauty I found in composting daily. I’ve collected various food items, plant clippings, dried flowers, and wasted spices over the last year and a half as subject matter for this series. Using my food styling skills, I crafted the compost, playing with its intuitive forms. This show debuted at the Hudson Beach Glass Gallery May 2019.