Artist StatementI write poems in paint.
I loved expressing myself creatively from a young age. When I was 13 years old, I started taking lessons at a private art school, The Huntington School of Fine Arts. This lead me to study abroad in Limeuil, France, where we spent a month during the summer learning about history, culture, and technique. The school’s college-prep portfolio program helped me to be awarded several college scholarships of which I accepted and attended Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. There I fell deeper in love with painting and was taken under the wing of NY artist Carl Plansky who became my mentor. I was awarded the Williamsburg Materials Prize and graduated with a BFA in Painting. I interned in Baltimore at an art gallery and also at a decorative painting studio and was offered jobs at both upon graduation. I accepted a full-time offer at the painting studio and continued to work part-time at the gallery. When the housing bubble burst everyone at the painting studio was forced to become freelancers and work became infrequent, if we worked at all. I continued to paint and also began working in restaurants part-time. I met the director of the Mitchell School of Fine Art while I was waiting tables a few years later and after we got to know each other asked me to assist him teaching children after school. A little over a year ago, I came across a vacant store for rent and converted it to an art gallery and workshop. Night Owl Gallery was born and things have been going very well. The learning experience and the community support has been phenomenal. I continue to make art. I enjoy teaching workshops and curating shows.