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 professional work is focuses on food & wine, lifestyle brands, products and portraits, working within the Hudson Valley, NYC, and beyond.
My personal work is known for exploring intense female struggles like domestic violence, sexual assault, miscarriage, as well as radical methods of healing, spiritual journeys of wisdom, and the sacred feminine and masculine, plant and animal medicine, and connection to Mother Earth. Much of my work is autobiographic and self-portrait based. Also a poet, I sometimes blend my poetry with the artwork. Although surreal, I draw much of my creativity from my own life and practices.
I receiving a Bachelors in Photography and Motion Picture Sciences from The Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA in 2002. 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, Cider Week, Valley Table Magazine, The Hand Foundation, Wood Fire Food, Rock and Snow, Reservoir and Wood, and Coppersea Distillery, and Merchant’s Daughter Hard Cider.
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
I’m a photographer, mixed-media artist, and oil painter, known for exploring intense female struggles like domestic violence, sexual assault, miscarriage, as well as, in contrast, radical methods of healing, spiritual journeys of wisdom, and the sacred feminine and masculine, plant and animal medicine, and connection to Mother Earth. Much of my work is autobiographic and self-portrait based. Also a poet, I sometimes blends my poetry with the artwork. Although surreal, I draw much of my creativity from my own life and practices.
Without Fear and Full of Love™
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™. 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. The book will be launched 2021.
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.