Paris, Remixed, Reimagined

Paris, Remixed, Reimagined

In this art journal, I depict my life as a college student, living in Paris, France, in 1990. This was the first of a series of visual journals that I created during the same period of time. The idea was born from the desire to create in order to capture the essence of every day life through the medium of collage.

When I first discovered collage, I was an illustration major at Parsons School of Design. I was a pretty typical art student on a commercial design career path. I wanted to work as an illustrator, but up to this point, I hadn’t found my voice. I sketched, painted, but the fire wasn’t there. After discovering collage, I knew this was it. I wanted to tell my story through this medium. (more…)

Scenes from a Yarn Garden

Scenes from a Yarn Garden

Lately, I’m all about remixing, reimagining. Living life more purposefully, and getting back to a craft that I put aside for several years, which is the medium of collage. I first discovered this art form in college in a very academic way, but later put my own stamp on it while living in Paris as a college student. The backdrop of this amazing city, was the perfect backdrop to unleash this passion, and I did with abandon. More about that here.

Nowadays, I’m rediscovering collage with my newly-purchased journal and set of Caran D’ache pencils, which was my go-to medium back in the day. I’m slowly resurrecting my old friends– oil crayons and paint to help me pave this new creative path. (more…)

Cilantro Scampi

Cilantro Scampi

Here’s a new spin on traditional shrimp scampi. I just added a little zing with a touch of fresh cilantro and red pepper. Sometimes, it’s those easy little touches that create an interesting spin on a familiar dish.

I’m not big on following recipes, although I’ve learned from the best– great Italian relatives! I’m a cook that likes to “mash it up,” and I rarely measure, but I’m pretty good at gauging measurements.  I set out to make a traditional dish, but found some cilantro calling my name, so how could I resist a little experimentation? (more…)

The Go-To Garnish: Roasted Garbanzo Beans

The Go-To Garnish: Roasted Garbanzo Beans

Roasted chickpeas are my absolute favorite go-to weekend dish because they totally set me up for the week ahead, and make meal preparation a breeze when my busy work week begins. This recipe is a no-brainer, because I add them to virtually everything, from salads to rice dishes, and the best part– the whole process take about thirty minutes. (more…)