Tell us a bit about your background as a Fine Artist.
As a young student, I studied at the Art Student’s League in NYC and went on to get a Fine Art degree at Parsons School of Design. I continued my studies here in Montclair with Gary Godbee.
Who and what have been your inspirations?
In art, my inspirations are too numerous to name but the standouts are John Singer Sargent, for his economy of line, Egon Schiele (Gustave Klimt’s student) for his raw and invasive expressions of the human figure, Franz Kline who is hands down the best abstract expressionist and Jenny Saville whose images are disturbingly imposing and beautiful.
Can you tell us about a current passion project?
I’m currently working on a painting that was inspired by the Women’s March in Washington. It’s an homage to the courageous women who worked, and continue to work, tirelessly to make strides in the fight for gender equality.
How long have you been in Montclair?
We moved to Montclair when James (husband) joined a practice here. We came from Manhattan where I was born and raised.
What is your favorite part of being part of this community?
All it has to offer- good people, good art, good food and access to Manhattan- in precisely that order.
What does local mean to you? (local as a concept)
“Near" home thereby comfortable and warm; a second home perhaps.
Thank you so much for being a part of our narrative at Local. Your contributions have been so valuable to building our brand. What inspiration did you leverage in developing the logo?
The logo was developed based on your vision and your requirements -the word LOCAL and arrows to suggest direction or compass points. All roads now lead to LOCAL.
What are some words of wisdom to share?
Honestly, it’s quite simple, be kind to people; the universe returns it in spades.
And of course, what is your favorite coffee or tea beverage?
Coffee- Espresso in any form.
Tea - Rooibos