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.
Teaching visual art has given me the opportunity to join my passion for art with my passion for nurturing and broadening the perspectives of developing artists. Through perseverance and determination I succeeded in becoming a fine arts educator while continuing to pursuing my art.
My expertise as an artist and an educator was acknowledged when I was recently selected to mentor art teachers for the NYC Department of Education. Mentoring is a rich experience because it allows me to dedicate more of my time to exploring my own creative aspirations.
My journey as an artist began when I was accepted to Art and Design High School in New York City. I was fortunate enough to develop as an artist from childhood and receive the attention necessary to focus on the skills needed to continue my artistic pursuits. 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.
I took to the vocation of teaching with enthusiasm. I taught students from many diverse cultures and economic backgrounds the practice of the arts. I was able to explore many areas of fine art ranging from manuscript illuminations to video and animation. I worked collaboratively on a variety of project and grants with the cultural institutions that form the bedrock of the arts in New York such as the J.P. Morgan Museum, the Metropolitan Museum, the Queens Museum, and the Tribeca Film Institute.
Edward Hopper’s quote captures my sentiment; “If you could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint.” Creating works of art is, was and always will be my vehicle of
self-expression and being an artist forms the core of who I am as a person.