I am a New Jersey based designer/artist. My family, originally from NYC, instilled a love of travel in me during my early years as trips spanned from NYC to the Jersey Shore and eventually overseas. Growing up in New Jersey provided a unique change in landscape within an hours drive in any direction. Mountains, farms, historic small towns, major cities and the beaches "down the shore" all contributed to the development of my art and of me.
Drawing since I was five years old helped me escape and heal as my family was adjusting to a new life after a sudden and significant loss. Mostly self taught, I earned degrees in Advertising Design and Professional Photography and started my career as a graphic designer to now managing large graphic rollout and installation programs for retail clients. I also work in my home studio as a mixed media artist.
The great outdoors is my inspiration as my subjects are my interpretations of nature. My artworks are my stories of escaping the mundane, ordinary, normalcy of life and creating a more unique, exciting, colorful existence. With my graphic design and illustrative style, I intuitively create simplistically using lines and color without following rules. I can look at a tree, wave or animal and immediately envision it in a graphic form using my flow of lines, curves and colors.
Designs begin in my sketchbook as a way for me to wind down from my day sketching curves and shapes that flow into a piece that represents something from nature. Bold lines, patterns, contrast and colors that vibrate define my style. This process is very therapeutic for me and essential to my self-care.
Currently, I am making dimensional mixed media paintings created by making layers from various substrates and layering them on a wood panel that serves as my canvas. The variety of layers I add to a panel could include baltic birch, watercolor, acrylic, inks, gels and various embellishments. I prefer wood panels as my base as I like the natural texture of the wood that appears after I coat it with a light wash of color which creates a subtle background where I can layer bolder, more vibrant pieces.
New mixed media paintings on wood and paper are in the works now, as well as small ink & watercolor designs.