Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, I began life as an artist in the 10th grade when my art teacher noticed my talent for drawing and offered something vital: the school art room, a space where I could create and was most happy. After graduating high school, I moved to NYC to attend art college and quickly began my career in the fashion industry, first designing plaids and stripe patterns for men’s sportswear and then as a menswear designer and illustrator. I traveled the world exploring new trends and learning all aspects of the fashion business, however I knew this wasn’t the last stop on my career path. After much thought and consideration, I began my journey in art education. My work has been shown and published at The Society of Illustrators, NYC, Macy Gallery, Columbia University, student and alumni exhibitions and The Museum Gallery at FIT. I continue to work on commissioned pieces and works to exhibit.
As an Educator:
I am a professionally licensed & tenured visual art teacher in New York City for grades K-12 and hold licensure in Massachusetts for grades 5-12 with all appropriate certifications as required by both states. I have an MA and M.Ed in Art and Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and a BFA from The Fashion Institute of Technology. My education and focus includes adolescent development in art education, equity in the art classroom, social justice, and learning differences. I am also a cooperating teacher with Teachers College, Columbia University and other colleges and universities where I support and mentor pre-service art teachers. I have been teaching middle and high school students for 10 years in Brooklyn and The Bronx. It is one of my greatest joys.
About my teaching:
My philosophy for teaching art is based around exploration with art making materials, learning new techniques, and seeing the world around us. I support students in being individuals as artists and teach them that making “good” art holds many points of view. My students learn the importance of thoughtfully crafting their work, planning their pictures, 3D building, composition and design, mixing and blending colors, observational (figure and still life) drawing, and working from their imaginations. Students will also learn about important artists and art periods along the way which helps to inform their repertoire, provides inspiration, and helps to develop their artistic curiosities.