My pieces tend to be playfully messy, colorful and child like through a mixture of torn paper and photographs, oil pastels, watercolors, acrylics-whatever the work seems to be asking for. Sometimes I paint imagery from dreams. I love painting on porous rough cardboard surfaces with my fingers, using pieces of old discarded boxes to transform them in to something else.
I find huge inspiration in children's drawings and paintings. I often incorporate writing about compassionate awareness onto the finished surfaces, and the symbols I weave into my work are greatly influenced by Australian aboriginal art and astronomy images. Coloring in the lines is very optional for me.
Above all my works have been inspired by the idea of kindness, or "wise use of the heart." Infusing this philosophy into my art making has resulted in small, handmade pieces of art or writing left anonymously on random park benches, light posts and tree stumps-a small watercolor painting here, a tiny decorative note there. The only intention is that someone who needs it will find it. I will often give my one of my larger pieces away to a particular person I know if they are going through a challenging time. Using art in service of others, anonymously or otherwise, has continued to be transforming, healing and keeps my heart open.
Greenpoint Gallery Brooklyn, New York May 2013
Annual Small Works Juried Competition
LICARTISTS INC., Queens, New York June 2013-December 2013
"Bridging the Gap" Traveling Group Exhibition
SPARC (Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide) Queens, New York January 2013-May 2013
“Soul Quilt” Project at SNAP ISC
Facilitated a collaborative mixed media "Soul Quilt" workshop with senior citizens.
Each member contributed a "quilt" piece working in the medium of their choice, reflecting on a theme that deeply moved them in some way.
Engaged with and emotionally supported each member both in small groups and in one on one sessions to work through their feelings and issues by use of their creative process.
All the pieces were publicly assembled together into one "quilt" and displayed within the senior center as part of a permanent exhibit.
Center for Urban Community Services Brooklyn, New York October 2012-June 2013
Art Instructor/Therapeutic Activity Specialist
Implement therapeutic art/arts and crafts programming in several supportive housing facilities for formerly homeless adults, many with special needs, mental illness and substance abuse.
Engage the tenants to creatively self express through a variety of media including collage, painting and drawing.
Provide a safe, welcoming and pleasant atmosphere for the groups to work at their own pace in order to express their creativity.
Toybiz, New York, New York May 2000– October 2000
Freelance Toy Designer
Devised and produced extensive concept sketches for quirky dolls and accessories line in the Girls’ Product Division.
Utilized knowledge of child development and child psychology to devise age appropriate product concepts for Girls’ Product Division.
Craft House, Toledo, OH May1999– October 1999
Freelance Toy Designer
Collaborated with senior toy designers and product managers in development of multiple Craft House brand arts and crafts and outdoor toy products.
Developed product license proposals through the brainstorming process to concept sketching to fully rendered presentation boards for such clients as Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Maisy and Barbie.
Devised age appropriate Barbie outdoor toy product concepts that garnered a major Mattel product license renewal.
Mount Sinai Hospital SAVI program, New York, New York October 2010 – Present
Volunteer SAVI (Sexual Assault Violence Intervention) Advocate
Provide effective short term crisis intervention and emotional support for domestic and sexual violence survivors of varying ages throughout Mount Sinai’s hospital emergency departments.
Assess and develop safety plans for populations of diverse ethnicities and cross-cultural backgrounds, including shelter referrals and service linkages for counseling and follow up care.
Established reputation for maintaining empathy, compassion, sensitivity and client confidentiality.
New York Family Justice Center Brooklyn, New York August– December 2009
Volunteer Child Care Assistant
Developed age appropriate therapeutic group art projects for the Center’s clients’ children age ranged three to ten years while maintaining a calm, safe environment.
Facilitated small groups and worked one-on-one with children age ranged three to ten years to build trust and confidence in their creativity.
Cardinal Spellman Headstart Center, New York, New York Jan.- June 1999, March–May 2002
Volunteer Teaching Assistant
Supported head pre-school teachers in carrying out the schedule laid out in the classroom curriculum.
Engaged pre-school aged children in art activities/centers and playing games.
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Toy Design, Fashion Institute of Technology – New York, NY; 2000
Areas of Expertise
Experience with both Typically Developing and Special Needs Adults and Children
Crisis Intervention Skills
Toy Design Experience