We all have stories, don’t we? Well, I thought that I should give you some insight into my story, where I came from, and how I got to where I am now. Like someone just said to me, from fingerpainting, to Bloomingdales, that’s unbelievable!! Here goes.
I was always creative as a kid, and through trial and error taught myself how to knit, crochet and sew. As a leftie, it wasn’t easy for anyone else to show me. I used to sew all my kids’ clothes until my daughter begged me, at age 12, to take her shopping. So then I was limited to making my own clothes, especially fancy occasion dresses. My husband wasn’t too thrilled, because there were times when I would be sewing in a zipper just hours before we were going to a wedding. For a while, I made bridal party gowns. I even created a wedding dress, just for the fun of it. My mom told me that when I was five, I cried like crazy one day because I was sick and would be missing fingerpainting at school. I never had the opportunity to paint until much later in life. I went to a Catholic, business high school in Brooklyn, NY and the guidance counselor wouldn’t let me take art. They insisted on business math and I was so upset, especially since math was one of my least favorite subjects. Straight out of high school, I became a legal secretary. I typed 120 wpm and was great at stenography. I worked for the same attorney for over 20 years. I was great at what I did, but hated it as the years went on. Then, in 1998 we turned our den into a bathroom, and I convinced my husband to try my hand at decorative painting. So I took my beige tile, went to Home Depot, and bought five different shades of beige paint, and some cheesecloth. I created this gorgeous finish, even shocking myself. But the contractors working in my house told me I was better than any professional they had seen over the years, and that I should quit my day job!! That was all I needed to hear. Suddenly I had this passion for painting and wanted to learn everything I could. I took painting classes at local craft stores, and then began painting on glassware. I did a beautiful faux finish in my sister-in-law’s house, and then one of her friend’s, and that’s how it all began. Armed with a small photo album of my few projects, I would sit at the Brady Park Harvest Fair and sell my glassware. I handed out my name and number to those who asked. One lady gave my info to her neighbor who was renovating. Well, the neighbor called me and her interior designer friend was there as well. They were both very impressed, and I was hired to do several rooms in her house, and then the designer hired me for her clients as well.
And now here I am, 16 years later, still loving every minute I get to be creative. From my early beginnings of stumbling upon this hidden talent in 1998, to having a reputable decorative painting business, covering Manhattan to Montauk, I know that I am truly blessed. And the icing on the cake –to once again have been voted “Best Artist of Long Island (First Place)” by the readers of The Long Island Press for the past five years!! I LOVE what I do, and am so thankful that others love my work. I strive to be the best that I can with each and every job.
I will try to post some fun projects on a REGULAR basis, so keep on checking back! I always appreciate your feedback, and I thank you for your support.