Art is my way of inviting viewers to communicate through an anthropological study of people moving through life — from New York City’s subways to Europe’s town squares.
I paint a mix of images in a welcoming palette of colors. Landscapes, bridges, and fields of flowers painted outdoors evoke openness. Viewers relate to the emotion of my portraits.
For the series NYC Faces, larger-than-life-sized linear drawings of people in transit, I enlarge sketches, finishing them in watercolor. I expand the technique for a series with the same technique in Italy’s piazzas, which were displayed at Galleria Nazionale Cortona. My solo exhibits have been in the U.S. and Europe.
Edward Hicks’ Peaceable Kingdom of people and animals in harmony inspires me. My childhood in New York’s urban landscape and my mother’s abundant table also influence my work.
My studio is in Long Island City at Studio 34.
My journey as an artist began when I was accepted to Art and Design High School in New York City. I was fortunate to develop as an artist from childhood, receiving the attention necessary to focus on the skills that I needed to continue my artistic pursuits.
Born and raised in Astoria, New York, I have always felt it is important to give back to the community. Art is the vehicle I use to contribute to my community.
I took to the vocation of teaching with enthusiasm. I taught students from diverse cultures and economic backgrounds in New York City, exploring areas of fine art ranging from manuscript illuminations to video and animation. I worked collaboratively on projects and grants with leading cultural institutions including the Morgan Library & Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Queens Museum, and the Tribeca Film Institute.
My expertise as an artist and educator was acknowledged when I was selected to mentor art teachers for the NYC Department of Education. Mentoring was a rich experience because it allowed me to continue as an educator and explore my own creative aspirations.
I continue the journey today as I try to develop as an artist every day. Through the years being an artist fused with who I was to become as a person.
Solo exhibits include Passeggiando in Cortona at Saletta Teatro Signorelli; NYC Faces at Studio 34 and Boricua College; Le Donne at Boricua College; Dalla Piazza at Patchogue Arts Council Satellite Gallery; Visions at Austin Ale House; Visioni II at Galleria Nazionale, Cortona; Acquerelli e Veri Dedicati ai Paesaggi Italiani (Watercolors dedicated to Italian Landscapes) Biblioteca Rispoli, Rome; Les Petits Plaisirs at JCC on the Palisades and One Woman Showcase at La Guardia College.
Group shows include LIC Open Studio at the Factory, LIC; Multiple Visions at Queens Museum, Salmagundi Invitational Show, NYC; Out and About at Mandolino’s Restaurant Gallery. I also show at the West Side Arts Coalition, NYCATA/UFT Arts Horizons Leroy Nieman Art Center and Brecht Forum Gallery/West Beth.