About the Artist

My Favorite Self Portrait

I am the art geek; also known by my nickname Pepper. The works you will view on this site have a nice bit of history behind them. The following is that story... I grew up in a small town in New Jersey by the George Washington Bridge. Along with practicing art in my spare time my entire life, I have had the gift of being able to visit some of the world's best museums and study great art up close. As a child birthdays were spent either at the Natural History Museum or the MET.
Along with the cheerful childhood moments, we as a family have had much loss. Loved ones passing away and the usual heartache most families face through out their lives. I have since turned much of the painful times into my muse, as you might notice in my art. It's a way to keep their memory alive and share with others the beauty of these people I have the pleasure to call a part of my family.

Eventually this hobby turned into a passion; an obsession. Throughout high school I tried to spend as much time painting as possible. By my Senoir year, I was taking mostly art courses and rarely left my painting station.

I declared myself a BFA art major when entering college. I took many art classes; drawing, life drawing, painting, chinese ink painting, silk screening, textiles, computer art, and numerous studio and history classes. I also worked in the slide room of the art department where I was exposed to hundreds of slides of art from different places and time periods. I had many professors who challenged me. They genuinely wanted us to succeed and went above and beyond the call of duty to force us to see our potential.

Currently, after earning my Masters in Education, I took a position teaching middle school art. I am trying to find the artist that went into hiding when the teacher came out. Teaching, an art within itself, is fullfilling but art is so important to me and I do not want to loose that. This site (created by me!) is part of my effort to keep that artist alive.

I hope you enjoyed my story, but I hope you enjoy my art much more!