Someone once asked me when I knew that I would be an artist.
What I know to be true is that it really isn’t something that you just suddenly become. It’s just part of you…actually probably part of all of us…when we allow…or are encouraged to let our creativity to emerge. For some, it comes through in cooking. Others become architects. Some smear oil on canvas…or on walls. Or make costumes. Or hats. Or shove plants into the ground that become incredible gardens. Everyone has it in them to become “that” artist.
For me, that “art” comes in the form of mixed media…recycled and new materials. Although I was schooled in graphic design, it all began when I was greatly influenced by my great Italian aunts who created beautiful recycled art out of discarded scraps and notions from their workplace in New York City’s garment factories.
Today, my work includes printmaking, ceramics, reverse glass painting, paint and paper collage, found object box sculpturing, three-dimensional portraits, and oil and acrylic painting. I also spend much of my time as an art teacher, conducting creative workshops where I pass my techniques along to students of all ages.