I believe in the power of art to create a moment and to evoke emotion. My work is energetic and playful and reflects my interest in flawed beauty rather than perfection. I work to create a feeling of connection, movement, freedom and unapologetic honesty in each piece.
Guided by intuition, I approach each piece, whether a photograph or original abstract art, as an experiment. I live for color, bold design, strong contrasts and texture. As a photographer I love to watch the light, seek out colors, imagine a scene in black and white, and to hunt for details in the world around me. As a painter, my abstract work is often inspired by my photos and is an exploration of shape, shadow and light. I love to create texture and to experiment with the unpredictability of washes, drips and layers. I love the dynamic tension between unintentional layers and meticulously planned strokes and gestures to add depth, joy, beauty, and dimension to your space.
I am an abstract expressionist painter and fine art photographer who has been creating art in various mediums for over 25 years. Selftaught as a photographer (thanks to my parents gifting me my first camera for my 6th grade graduation), as a teenager I studied and became passionate about painting. After college I attended law school and practiced as an attorney in New York City for several years before giving it all up to return to my first love, photography. I rediscovered painting after more than 10 years of focusing on my career as a photographer and I now wonder how I ever survived without making art everyday.
Most days you can find me creating work in my studio in the lower Hudson Valley near where I live with my husband and our two young children. When I’m not busy painting or out with my camera, you can find me outdoors with my kids, planning our next family adventure, poring over my collection of art and photography books, visiting art museums, hiking with my dog, or practicing yoga. www.monicashulman.com