I am a native New Yorker born and raised in Brooklyn. My family has lived here for over 100 years so this city is in my blood. I’ve always had a passion for art making, ever since I was a small child I was content to sit in my room and draw for hours. I began my formal art training at Brooklyn H.S. of the Arts, then went on to get my BFA in painting from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2009. Though I’ve studied art for most of my life The New York Academy of Art holds a special place in my heart, not just because of the academics, but the people this school attracts. The friendships I made during my time at the Academy are ones that I will hold for life. And every year since my graduation in 2011 I meet new students who inspire and uplift me. I first gained a passion for volunteer work after graduation. I worked with New York Cares to paint murals in elementary schools near where I grew up in Brooklyn. It was empowering to see that I could use my art to make a difference in my community. From then on I have balanced my time between my own studio practice, teaching, and volunteer work.