I have been creating art for as long as i can remember. I was brought up painting and illustrating—molding nothings into somethings. Today, my favorite thing to do is to turn a vague idea into a visually compelling story. To my surprise, people pay me to do it.
After I graduated from Hofstra University with a degree in graphic design, I spent six years executing artwork under fashion designer Todd Snyder. Working next to him inspired me to create brands of my own: a completely waste-free/give-back clothing brand I call Susty, and my other project, Dado, which brings art workshops to underserved communities around the world. It, like Susty, promotes giving more than you take with a focus on environmentalism and inclusivity.
I now work independently, consulting and designing for a number of clients. My interest is piqued by opportunities that support goodness and the well-being of the planet and each other. For a full description of my experience, see my resume.
Things I enjoy doing are: scribbling in my sketchbook, traveling to unknown stretches of the world, and making fun of my cats with my husband, musician Evan Runyon.
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AN ONGOING ADVENTURE FOR GLOBAL ART EDUCATION
Some years ago I began offering free drawing lessons in the Maria Hernandez Park in Brooklyn’s art epicenter, Bushwick. I would wheel my easel and supplies to the park, and my “classes” would fill up with neighborhood kids, hipsters, and elder locals. It was the start of my epic dream and current project, Dado.
Since then, I helped to create an organization that works together with the Art is Good Foundation, rhino saver Charles Summerfield, and a few passionate educators to bring what is known globally as the Puzzle Art Project Installation & Collaborative to classrooms around the world. I do the traveling and execution of the classes, with guidance from Art is Good founder and my good friend, Tim Kelly.
This past January and alongside 25 puzzle pieces, I flew a touring bike to South America in an attempt to raise awareness toward the global issues that we base our art workshops around. The solo cycling/camping was a bit of a flop, but, the art workshop with the kids at the Centro Muchacho Trabajador in Quito was a huge success.
We are currently in the process of planning our next workshop. Whether or not I try again with the bike is unclear.