I was born in Williamsburg, Virginia, and when I was 2 years old, my family and I moved to Oak Park, Illinois. My first memories of drawing are in a little apartment, by a window, listening to ambulance sirens rushing to the hospital nearby. I kept drawing people, and eventually, the pencil became a natural extension of my hand.
When I was 5 years old, I moved to Athens, Greece where I spent 10 years living with my grandparents. While they strongly discouraged me from pursuing my art because they were concerned about a possible adverse impact on my studies and future career goals, I was constantly drawing--in the back of my books, on old newspapers, on desks, wherever I could, and generally "in hiding". After finishing my graduate work in Economics later in the States, I was free to pursue my artistic interests in my spare time.
Later, I discovered ballroom dancing, which I eventually pursued competitively. The world of ballroom dancing was full of excitement, color, energy, and expression--as I got lured into it, my paints followed--I do tend to paint what I love. As fellow dancers saw my dance-related artwork, they showed interest in either purchasing it or having their own portraits commissioned. This became my first exposure to actually marketing and selling my art work.
Since then, I have continued to redefine my focus and goals regarding my art and have continued to grow as an artist. For example, in 2002, and for the first time, I discovered the joy of landscapes, in particular, mediterranean seascapes, and have been very prolific in this type of work since then. My goal is to keep adding to my existing collection with more paintings of Greece, Italy , and other mediterranean areas. In the meantime, I will continue to work on dance-related themes and portraits. I hope you join me in my journey.
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