I've been creating art since I was four years old - and have the sketchbooks to prove it. Art was never something that I was supposed to do for a living and was discouraged from focusing on it throughout my education because of my lack of focus, until I went to Hofstra University and starting painting. I drew on inspiration from the nostalgia I felt from childhood photos and developing abstractions based on everyday objects.
For the first time in my life, I was praised for something that came so naturally. I pursued a minor in Fine Arts while being taught by practicing artists and professors Laurie Fendrich, Jim Lee, Doug Hilson, and Tom Klinkowstein. After graduating from Hofstra, I could never make time for painting other than the occasional family gift, including a series of repeated abstractions of food inspired by my nieces and nephews. In 2015, I joined SVA’s Contemporary Painting Lab under Emily Weiner, which reinvigorated my love for painting and introduced me to oils. She encouraged my work, saying I had the talent, technique, and creativity needed - I just needed to make the time and find the discipline to dedicate to my practice.
I'm continually looking for ways to make time for my art and connect with other artists. For 2019 I’m focused on developing more series versus one-offs and documenting the process through my blog Creative Office Hours.
From Sketches to Stories
School of Visual Arts
Contemporary Painting Lab
Hofstra University Fine Arts Minor
Greenpoint Art Circle Debut Group Art Show
Greenpoint Gallery People’s Choice Salon
Greenpoint Open Studios
VAWAA (Vacation With An Artist, Tessa)
The Hague, Netherlands
2016 - 2019