I worked from 2009 to 2014 illustrating and writing children's books. The focus of my goals changed in 2015, moving from self-expression to social expression – my primary art involved community collaboration – bringing the voices and visions of many together to create unified works on a larger than life scale. Since COVID has shut down in-person events, I have been writing for Motif Magazine, and recently began freelancing for NriNOW.news, writing features on artists and musicians in Northern RI.
Pre-COVID, thanks to the generosity and continued support of the RI State Council on the Arts, I developed and taught children's workshops from 2015 until March of 2020, and produced two animated films bringing to life the art of the kids that I taught. My animated short film, The Land of the SkyFighter, made its world debut in July, 2017 at the RI International Film Festival. Previous community works: The American Peace Flag Trilogy, 3 collaborative installations created with The Peace Flags Project, a non-profit organization in RI. Each 20 ft X 10 ft banner combined the Peace Flags made by over 300 people, in a giant reconstruction of the American Flag.
Since the pandemic, my focus on art has again shifted in order to adapt to our new normal. I returned to my illustration and writing roots. The experience that my children's workshops have brought to me have given me a fresh outlook on illustration and narrative and I am excited to jump back into the world of publishing again.
From many years of teaching workshops, I understand that what holds us back from our own potentials is that we don't know how to start or where to go from there! In both my workshops and my own books and art, my aim is for people to walk away believing that if they will only try, it all builds from there.