My work has recently shifted from primarily works on paper in printmaking and collage to include jewelry. Whether in paper or metal my creative and design processes remain the same.
I’ve always absorbed the chance and unplanned beauty of the things around me which draws me to take texture from my surroundings as a starting point for my work. I begin by printing or imprinting these textures to give myself a canvas of beautiful chaos to work from. No matter the medium, my process is defined by challenging myself to find a balance between these chance, organic forms and quiet them with structured, organized elements.
I’ve watched my grandmother, Joan Gitlow, live a life so full of passion for not just artmaking but for teaching others to uncover their creative potential. Observing this passion and being lucky enough to be given a safe space to explore a vast array of materials and processes at an early age molded me into who I’ve become and continue to become.
In addition to my own art practice, I’ve followed my grandmother’s path as an art teacher. I received my Master in Arts in Teaching in Art Education from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and currently teach Art K-8. Whether teaching or delving into a new medium, I’ve always been given the gift of courage in my abilities by this amazing woman.