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My first experiences as a professional artist came about at an early age. At 7 years old, I went door to door and sold my drawings. The following summer, I grabbed my mother’s oil paints and painted curb numbers throughout my neighborhood. I went through a lot of blue and gold paint, but there was something abou… Read More
My first experiences as a professional artist came about at an early age. At 7 years old, I went door to door and sold my drawings. The following summer, I grabbed my mother’s oil paints and painted curb numbers throughout my neighborhood. I went through a lot of blue and gold paint, but there was something about oil paints, summer heat, and street sweeps that just didn’t mix. I stayed in school and worked really hard.

I moved to Manhattan, attended Cooper Union, and worked as a designer for Jones Apparel Group. With the birth of my first child, I moved to Connecticut and worked in product design for a giftware and home-furnishings company. All along I continued to paint. In 2011, I commuted from Rochester to the University at Buffalo and majored in painting. My goal was to take my painting, art, and passion to another level.

As a culmination of my experiences through work, school, and life, I evolved as a painter and continue to do so. When I went back to school I learned something critical, and that is how to challenge myself: through dialogue, research, experimentation, and a lot of hard work. In life I value the journey, and in my paintings I value the challenges I put forth.

I am an abstract contemporary painter, and tend to be a colorist. I prefer to mix acrylic and latex, and I love the fluidity of the paint. I start with a concept/vision, but as I paint I let each brushstroke take over and become a reaction to the others. Line, form, and juxtaposing color is a signature to my approach.

Some of my influences are Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Fairfield Porter, and Arthur Dove. My favorite influences are my professors and teachers, as our conversations have been a driving force for my artwork.
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