She has been interested in art, photography and being creative in general since she was a child. When it came time to decide on a college path, she decided to pursue her passion for art and chose photography as the medium to continue with. Since her high school didn’t offer anything in terms of photography or building a portfolio, she turned to outside sources to help her. She landed on taking a Continuing Education course in black and white photography and the darkroom at Monmouth University while finishing her senior year in high school as well as finding a mentor to help her build a portfolio for college submissions. It was around this time that she became apart of her first group show held at the Middletown Library. In 2009 she graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City with a BFA in Photography. She was also a part of SVA’s Senior Show in 2009.
Being capable of finding different perspectives of everyday objects has always been part of the creative process in her work and that had followed her throughout college. Her thesis portfolio concentrated on photographing the back of box stores and strip malls in the middle of the night, capturing what was left behind and “abandoned” during closed hours (though to be fair, some WERE abandoned and out of business). This was her first serious attempt at night photography.
The years after graduating were a blur while being diagnosed with a chronic illness that photography had to take a back seat. It wasn’t until 2017 when she finally picked up the camera again and continue where she left off. Between 2017-2018 she continued her work in night photography although this time her subject became the beaches at the Jersey Shore. The nature of the beach and the ocean has become a common theme in her work, doing her best to give an unusual perspective to such an everyday place.
Besides photographing the abandoned and broken she also finds joy in geometric shapes, texture and patterns in her compositions. Black and white is always her number one preference when photographing. It’s something that comes to her naturally and can bring the dramatic, moody aura to the photos that she can’t say, “no” to. But every now and then, she’ll sneak in a color photo or two into her work.
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