I am a dreamer and visionary, striving to make the world a better place. I was born in Hackensack, NJ and relocated to Florida at age 3. I have lived in multiple cities from Central to South East and West Florida. I currently reside in Sarasota with my husband and our rescued Rag Doll Cat ‘Dali’. My educational history includes a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Fine Arts at University of Tampa; and a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling from University of South Florida. I have devoted my life to serving children who have experienced abuse and/or neglect, and their families. I also facilitate College Psychology and Social Service content for adult learners. There are many intrinsic rewards when helping others that drive me to continue in this ‘service’ career journey.
While helping others is an important aspect in my life, bringing joy and evoking emotions in others through my photography and art is equally important. My love of nature, music, people and animals is transparent in chosen subject matter. I am drawn toward emotions, strong movements, powerful imagery and geometric balance. Much of my work involves play, life happening, dancing and performances. Staying in tune with ‘positive’ expression of emotions is a lifelong quest for me.
I have formal training in various modes of creating. My primary artistic focus at this time is through digital photography. Drawing and painting are secondary creative outlets for me. I love to capture the essence of the human spirit whether in joy or sorrow. I focus on the simplistic beauty of the shapes, colors and composition found in nature. I love the pure realistic imagery in photographs and other media used. I also play with the intensity of emotions a digitally modified work can evoke. I believe in continuous quality assessment and improvement, so I also push myself to experiment in modern abstract works. I am focused on all of the wonderment and awe in the world. While I have investigated horrible acts of abuse and neglect; I am able to stay centered by focusing on the positive. I strive to directly impact the world through acts of service, mentoring and artistic creation.