Artist StatementUntil very recently, I painted for others. Things I hoped they would find pretty, things that I hoped would bring them pleasure. About three months ago, I started working on several new series that brought me to a place of confusion, anger, and deep sadness. My paintings were no longer what I thought others wanted to see, but rather mirrors reflecting how I saw myself. I started to explore the challenges in my life through the marks that I made on each new canvas. Through this process, I found great passion, inspiration, and most of all, pure happiness. My paintings pulled me up higher than ever into a place where my pain was no longer a burden. All of my work is abstract, as that is how I see my life. Just as my life spills outside of the lines, my paintings have various depths and textures. I pour my thoughts and emotions, all the lows and highs, into each painting. Through my art, I have started to explore not only the challenges in my life, but the injustices in our world. My work is vulnerable, yet is provides a sense of warmth. As much as there are common threads that run between each piece, there is a presence of volatility in my overall work. Life is not always pretty, but it is always beautiful.
Born… April 14, 1989 in Silver Spring, MD
Graduated from… University of MD, College Park (BS)
Teachers College, Columbia University (MA)
Lived in… Maryland, Italy, Brooklyn
Worked as… Elementary School Teacher
Pursuing… Painting and other Visual Art
Without any formal training in painting or drawing, I started to explore various mediums over the past 10 years: watercolor, acrylic, pen, ink, photo transfer, and more.
As a teacher in Brooklyn, I used the space I had with my students to create works of art. The fearlessness of a child’s imagination never fails to inspire. Brooklyn itself is bursting with art at every corner. Living a block away from a Swoon original made the walk to work each morning unreal. Every person I met in New York had their own creative outlet, and I started to see artists all around me. Leaving Brooklyn was one of the hardest decisions to make—knowing that I would be leaving a utopia of bright culture, diverse people, delicious food, breathtaking art, and a way of life that simply cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
After relocating to Maryland with my husband and choosing to pursue my art full time, I started experiencing many of the transitional challenges that come with leaving a BIG CITY and moving to the suburbs. Now that my life has slowed down a bit, I am starting to uncover things in my life that were always beneath the surface. I am using my art as a vehicle to express those feelings and thoughts, which can be difficult to verbalize.
I paint for pleasure. I paint to understand myself and the world. I paint for comfort.
Now that art has become such a huge part of my life, I am looking to meet other young and emerging artists. I know that this is the only way that I will grow in my practice and make art that is meaningful.
If you questions about any of my pieces, please reach out.