In 1998 I travelled to Italy with my mother, and my love for Art History was born. Initially because of my own Sicilian ancestry, I was intensely attracted to Italian artists and their history. I studied Renaissance art in graduate school and found the processes, stories, and images endlessly bewitching; this work will never cease to amaze and inspire me.
As an artist, I aspire to create work that inspires a similar sensibility regarding craftsmanship and attention to details; in doing so I align with the philosophy of my parents and their emphasis on these qualities in art making. I embrace needlework traditions in my process for multiple reasons. I love the textures and the slightly sculptural qualities of beaded imagery, I enjoy using glittering opulent beads and metallic threads, and most importantly, embroidery allows me an intentional connection with stitching practices that women have used for centuries.