Working with children has been a constant in my life. From neighborhood babysitting to camp counseling to teaching, I have always loved being around kids. I know from parent feedback that I have a natural ability to communicate with children on their level but can also inspire them to think seriously about the world around them and mature into kind, thoughtful people.
While I babysat my professors' kids during college, I never thought it would lead me to nannying. When I first moved to New York after completing my MFA in painting with a minor in gender studies from the University of Notre Dame, I worked as a studio assistant and then studio manager for artists such as Jeff Koons and McDermott & McGough. I enjoyed the experience and learned a lot about the art world, however, I missed my former position as a teacher. While at Notre Dame, I taught undergraduate drawing and painting. Prior to grad school, I taught elementary art for an after school program that integrated students' curriculum with social issues through visual art.
I have spent the past two years as a nanny in the city and feel that it is the perfect occupation for me as I develop my art career. Not only is the schedule ideal for an artist, I find nannying to be just a fulfilling as teaching. The reason for this is that childcare is teaching! Whether I am helping with homework, teaching new art techniques, playing games or simply guiding them as they form friendships and develop hobbies; these exchanges provide a certain fulfillment that only comes from working with children.
I will be SmartSitting while...
I am currently an artist in residence at Chashama Workspace Program in Bushwick where I paint almost everyday. I also enjoy running, yoga, cooking for friends, reading, going to museums and galleries, seeing live music and exploring the city where I was born and have finally returned to!
In 5 years, I hope to be...
As an artist, building an intellectual community that respects my work is most important to me. In five years, I hope be represented by galleries in major art centers such as New York, Los Angeles and Berlin. I am currently working towards this goal by participating in competitive exhibitions and publications. I have exhibited widely including Momenta Art (Brooklyn, NY), the Knockdown Center (Queens, NY), National Association for Women Artists (New York, NY), Storefront Ten Eyck (Brooklyn, NY), the Active Space (Brooklyn, NY) and Craighead Green (Dallas, TX). I have also been featured in publications including Slayer Gallery, Fresh Paint Magazine and the Women's Caucus for Art. Additionally, I hope to engage with the art world through writing and have been published in the Brooklyn Rail and Artcritical for art criticism. I am currently the resident artist at Chashama Studios in Bushwick.
Activities & skills I love to teach & share with children...
The training I received as an art teacher has become the basis of my methodology as a caregiver, which is to help children better understand the world through creative play. I see play as a powerful way to help kids test their curiosity and discover their potential. Some of the activities and skills I love to share with children include painting, drawing, sculpting, printmaking, make-believe, playwriting, cooking, discovery walks, soccer and swimming (I am also a former lifeguard).