I was born in Nyack, NY and raised in the town of Haverstraw, NY. I am first generation American on my father’s side of the family and second on my mother’s side. Art was nothing that was encouraged in my family, and art was nothing that was discouraged. The truth is…my generation did not receive a lot of input from our families, at least not in our working class town. At six years of age, I discovered art through the reading and drawing of comic books. I soon began to discover the little tricks of drawing like recognizing negative space, and could produce a pretty good likeness to whatever I was drawing. I received positive reinforcement from my fellow elementary students who would ask me to draw things for them.
I went on to college and decided I would major in Psychology. I took a drawing class on a whim. I remember standing in front of our Humanities building listening to a group of students speaking about art. They said: “That art is my life!” I really did not understand. But, I started to take more art classes. In each of those art classes, I would be the first one there and the last one to leave. Now I understood what those students were talking about. For me it was good-bye to Psychology and hello to Art.
I started to get some recognition after winning the Shaw Award for Painting at Brooklyn College. I worked anywhere I could to be surrounded by art. Whether it was working for Barnes & Nobles in their display department, working as an artist framer or teaching art in New Jersey. I have had multiple shows in galleries and museums. Winning awards and grants from the Geraldine R. Dodge Fellowship, Geraldine R. Dodge mini-grants, FAWC, and HEART grants. I have been published in the Best of Painting book (Rockport), The Newark Star Ledger, The New York Times, Go Out, The Courier News, Who’s Who in the East and on NJ.com. I was also recognized for Outstanding Achievement by Union County Board of Freeholders (my work is in a time capsule) and was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from Kean University
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