I am a self-taught artist, trauma survivor and health advocate. As a painter, I favor figurative work, realism and expressive portraits or scenes. I consider my work to be mostly narrative art since I use self-portraits and scenic paintings to revisit emotional and revelatory moments in my PTSD recovery. While I still get a kick out of fun and fanciful drawings (e.g., channeling my major sweet tooth into food illustrations); the core of my work is rooted in reflection, resilience and hope. As a speaker/educator/advocate, I weave my art into conversations about trauma. I regularly gives talks to students, professionals and community groups about my story and the importance of sharing lived experience. My mission is to generate awareness and a sense of community with other trauma survivors and those that love them.
My art and my recovery are intertwined and ongoing, and I hope you stick around for the new developments in my artistic journey. Whether it is portraiture, landscape or abstract, the goal is the same. When words won’t suffice, I hope my art will capture people’s attention and transport them to a place of personal discovery and enrichment. Same goes for the paintings of donuts and cookies. That’s a different kind of enrichment.
I grew up in Fairfield, CT, attended Tufts University in Medford, MA and received my MBA from the Zicklin School of Business in NYC. I have lived in NYC since 2000, and currently reside in Manhattan with my constant companion and sidekick, Foxy.