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Biography

I was born in Mt. Shasta, California and have lived in several U.S. cities including San Francisco, Santa Monica, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia. I became interested in art at the ripe old age of 10 when I took my first class at the Cincinnati School for the Creative and Performing Arts. Though my first love was acting, the seed was planted. After a move to Philadelphia at age 14, I spent much of the remainder of my teenage years drawing in my room while listening to a revolving 80’s soundtrack.

I have a degree in Psychology from The American University (where I began studying Fine Art) and a degree in Illustration from Pratt Institute.

My primary medium is acrylic. I love painting on wood and have begun carving into my paintings with Japanese woodcutting tools. It is a process that I find deeply satisfying. There is something about slowly and methodically creating pattern and texture in the wood that I find soothing (and also challenging). Recently, I have discovered the joys of paper cutting. It is a natural extension of the work I have been doing as it relies solely on cutting (carving, in a way) to create each piece.

My inspiration comes from nature, women, the materials I use, color, emotion, and above all, instinct.

I live in Brooklyn, NY with my wonderful artist husband, our daughter and our three cats - Finnian, Don Fanucci, and Olive.