My artistic process
Pablo Picasso said it best, "The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web." My creative process is exploratory in nature, influenced by mood, surroundings, and life events. I rarely start with an image in mind. Layers of underpainting reveal what the next step will be.
Art is a safe place for me to take risks and make mistakes that lead to new pathways of understanding. I work on several pieces simultaneously, which allows me to act on impulsive ideas balanced by time for contemplation.
How I fell into abstract expressionism
A split-second fall on the stairs of my historic row house resulted in a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). Impaired mental function affected my speech, vision and balance and forced me into complete isolation and cognitive rest. As the days turned into weeks and the weeks into months, my restlessness grew. At first, I painted just to pass the time. In complete silence I smeared gesso and paint in broad strokes, applying layers and layers of texture in a meditative state. Other times vigorous sanding and scraping helped me release my frustrations and exposed raw spots in my work that added dimension and unveiled newfound possibilities. Artful living took on new meaning; it became an essential part of the healing process. Painting is my sanctuary.
The early years
The daughter of a Greek immigrant, I grew up in a small Florida town spending carefree afternoons riding a bicycle, chasing lizards and drawing anything and everything. From my Swedish-German father, I inherited my tall stature and healthy optimism. Several long summers in Greece shaped my childhood and student exchanges in Denmark and Spain yielded my contagious enthusiasm for travel and an insatiable appetite for color.
Outside of the arts
Richmond, Virginia is my home base, which I share with my husband, three children and our English Bulldog, "Buddy," otherwise known as my muse. I'm passionate about girls' education and proudly carry forward my Hellenic heritage and traditions. I'm easily distracted by beautiful design and have an insatiable appetite for colors and texture.