About the Artist
As a teenager growing up in Queens, I would lock myself up in my room for hours sketching portraits of people I knew. I never knew that one day, my art would be essential for me to find happiness again.
In 2006, my husband and I dreamed of having children when I was suddenly hit with a rare neurological condition called Transverse Myelitis, an inflammation of the spinal cord that paralyzed me from the T10 vertebrae of the spine. The doctors told me, “You will never walk again.” It stabbed me in the stomach like a knife.
During a 2-month hospital stay, I picked up a paintbrush, started painting right from my hospital bed and never stopped. It's no surprise because art has always been my favorite form of expression. After finally being released from the hospital, the first thing I did was buy canvas -- big, clean, bright white, blank canvas that stared back at me. The canvas had no judgment. The canvas accepted anything I felt like expressing that I couldn’t put into words.
The journey was as overwhelming as the floods of the emotions that come with a sudden acquired disability. Painting has helped me heal, emotionally, and has given me peace during different stages of loss, grief, self-reflection and self re-discovery. It has helped me feel pure joy again as well as setting my soul on fire! Painting also keeps me in the present moment. I can’t change what happened to me in the past, and I can’t worry about what will happen in the future. We can’t control what happens in our lives, but we can control how we embrace right now.
After I complete a painting and I see the bright, bold colors in vibrant patterns, it is evident that, while paralysis may have taken away my ability to walk, it did not take away my ability to express myself with the zest of my spirit. Art helped me open up to joy and then blessings came...blessings in the form of a daughter, then a son.
Now I feel the need to share my work with the rest of the world and bring happiness into people's personal spaces. I want my paintings to bring people to a place of serenity, vibrance and pure joy.
These days, you can find me working on commissions in my home studio while juggling mom life. Everyday, I reflect at all the things to be grateful for and embrace right now.
"What I love about painting is that it keeps me in the present moment. We can't change the past. We can't worry about the future. We can only embrace and have gratitude for the moment right now.”