Owner, Art Educator
As an artist, I am inspired by the world around me. I take note of all that I see and translate it into a piece of work that expresses my emotion on a particular subject. I strive to look at things in a positive light and I believe that my artwork reflects this. I am intrigued by colors and textures, which connects to fashion, my first love. I use my inspiration to build ideas that will be represented in an abstract or impressionistic style of art. I am influenced by many different styles and genres of the past, as well as the present.
I received a degree in Early Childhood Education at John Carroll University in Cleveland, OH. After my first field experience in a classroom, I knew I wanted to be an educator. As a kid, I was always intrigued by the vast amount of colors, shapes, and patterns around me. After living and studying in London, England for four months in 2008 and visiting the Tate Modern, I grew a strong love for modern and abstract art.
My teaching philosophy focuses around positive encouragement, independence, and individuality. I always tell my students that in art there are no "wrong" answers, just different ones, because artists, all have our own ideas and methods about making and creating. As a teacher I view myself as a resource and guide for students, to help them tap into their own special creative space. I strongly encourage independence and individuality so that students gain confidence to pursue their own creative endeavors outside of the classroom environment.
Creative Writing Educator
I graduated with an English degree from Connecticut College, and I’ve co-written a book and published over 100 articles in newspapers, magazines, and on the web during my twenty years as a professional writer. I can trace my writing career, however, back to the 4th grade, when my teacher wanted to submit a story I’d written for an assignment to a writing contest. Although the entry deadline had passed and the thrill of seeing my story in Highlights magazine wasn’t to be, it didn’t matter. I was hooked.
I graduated from University of Hartford with BA in Cinematography in 2002. Upon graduation I studied at UMass Boston working towards to my masters in Elementary Education. While working on my masters I worked at HealthSouth in Braintree with children who had speech and language difficulties.