Beautiful things are born from the moments that occur while we are waiting for something else to happen.
Artist . Art Educator . Jewelry Designer
I have always been an artist and I have been drawing since I was old enough to hold a crayon. I was fortunate enough to be consistently encouraged and supported by my family. When I was very young, my mother carried a notepad and pen everywhere in her purse and would hand it to me whenever we were out running errands. It would keep me busy and constantly creating. At home, my parents would provide me with endless amounts of sketchbooks and I would sit daily to draw, filling the pages with anything and everything I could think of. I remember asking for Prismacolor pencils for my birthday one year and I received these perfect pencils in their gold and velvet lined box.
I was encouraged and supported to apply to art school. And I attended the Rhode Island School of Design where I earned my Bachelors of Fine Art in 2005. I then decided to combine my love of art and children and earned my Masters of Art Education from Adelphi University in 2009.
As an art teacher I aim to help guide children to express and explore their own creativity. I make sure they know they can do whatever they set their mind to and I give them the tools and techniques to achieve their goals. I spend time during each class period reaffirming their self worth. I encourage them to be kind and have respect for those around them as well as themselves. I hope to be the support for those who may not be as fortunate as I was.
My artwork is about being observant and celebrating the subjects that often go disregarded in our culture; the elderly, insects, cumbersome trucks, and machinery. These things are even considered to be a nuisance to some. I like to take the time to notice, examine, and glorify these subjects through my paintings. When given the time to truly observe, these things become very intriguing and even beautiful to me. I feel as if I have taken on a role of an explorer or sociologist. I attempt to remain removed and objective with my subject matter yet I strive to understand and appreciate it for what it is.
I am primarily a fine artist with a focus on drawing and painting. However, I have always loved unique jewelry and I wanted to learn the skills to create my own. Over the past 6 years or so I have been experimenting and learning how to create my own jewelry line, Glitter&Rustbyhb. I solder, set, and electroform stones and found natural materials. It is a rewarding experience to have a finished product of wearable art. It is even more rewarding to share it with friends family and have them know it was lovingly made by someone they know.