I've worn many, many hats over the years. The thread of continuity has always been creativity.
Since graduating from the Hartford Art School in 1994 I’ve been an exhibiting mixed media artist on and off for the last twenty-three years. My work has been written up in The Boston Globe, The Providence Phoenix, and The Block Island Times.
I’ve been a finalist and semi-finalist in national screenplay competitions, and am a two-time Screenwriting Merit Fellow through my home state of Rhode Island. As an arts and culture reporter for Patch.com I wrote more than 100 published articles, and was one of the first travel bloggers for Boston.com when blogging first became a thing! As a researcher and freelance writer I've had the pleasure of working with many artists, entrepreneurs, and small business owners over the years. (Please see my screenwriting page here for more about specific projects.)
I've written, directed, and produced a handful of short films, one of which won an award at the Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) and was invited to the 2010 Online New England Film Festival, another of which premiered at RIIFF as well. I’ve worked many jobs in film production on both independent and Hollywood films – from craft services to casting assistant. I was an Associate Producer on THE ATTICUS INSTITUTE with writer/director Chris Sparling (BURIED, SEA OF TREES), and was hired to write, direct, and produce a short video about an artist with leukemia for the Healthcare.gov website. (Please see my filmmaking page here to view some of my work.)
Encouraging and helping to bring greater exposure to artists is a passion of mine! I’ve been blessed to help support many, many artist in all disciplines – from booking a young Josh Ritter at a coffee shop gig, to giving notes to a first time screenwriter that helped her break into Hollywood. I’ve volunteered my time mentoring young urban playwrights, and I’ve sat on juries for regional film festivals and arts councils. I’ve provided research for filmmakers (including my former bosses Andrew Marlowe , screenwriter and creator of the TV show CASTLE), and I’ve helped artists launch their websites, plan events, refine their creative focus, and much more.
For a brief, but wonderful, spell I was a middle school art teacher at a private school in Connecticut. I also developed art workshops and classes for people of all ages and skill levels, including workshops for those with Alzheimer’s, developmental disabilities, and traumatic brain injury. At the Rhode Island School of Design I taught screenwriting and filmmaking courses in the Continuing Education program for several years, and I continue to teach creative workshops on occasion at locations in southern New England.
My husband, a handsome and talented woodworker, and I had a business called Rhode Island Rustic from 2015-2017. We created and sold handcrafted recycled wood home goods and hand-dyed linens in stores and at festivals around Rhode Island. I continue to sell the linen products through our Etsy store.
Whether I'm painting, dyeing linens, teaching students, or engaging in any other creative pursuit, I always feel drawn to connect at a deeper, perhaps more ethereal, level. My interest in spirituality has brought me on many adventures, which, in turn, fuel my creative nature. I’ve meditated in a Zen monastery, celebrated Easter in a born-again Christian church, been rebirthed by a shaman, felt saved by the Tao te Ching, and studied a number of healing modalities including energy healing.
In all the things I do I am fueled by a deep curiosity for understanding self-expression.
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