I found a calling late in my years at S.u.n.y Purchase (New York) for furniture design. Enrolled in the Visual Arts program, I was exposed to many different ways of creating art, but furniture design held a special place in my heart and I made a decision to keep exploring the craft after graduating.
In 2001 I enrolled into the furniture design program at Oregon College of Art & Craft. And there, I was happy woodworking. However, I had also fallen in love with resin back in my Purchase days, but again, felt like I found it too late and didn't have enough time to really learn the craft. This time, at OCAC, I made it a priority to teach myself as much as I could about resin as a medium for art. I incorporated resin into many of my projects, got a job at a plastic store and kept experimenting.
Oddly enough, when it came time for my thesis at OCAC I found I was too restricted by furniture and needed a bit more room for flexibility and spontaneity. I went back to drawing. (A freshman year college love from New York.) I incorporated my love of resin into my drawings and the result is what you see here on this website.
When I graduated I didn't know too many woodworkers and the thought of buying and storing all that equipment on my own was daunting. I decided to go small scale, super small scale. Jewelry made its way into my life very naturally as I combined my two favorite mediums, wood and resin. I started Modica Design Jewelry, a business I operated for over 10 years. In the meantime, I became a florist to pay my way through life.
Now, over a decade later, I am revisiting my thesis work from OCAC. My art career has taken many twists and turns, and I feel truly grateful for every step and every process. This current work feels so good and so right. It feels like home. I use primarily watercolor, resin and fiberglass and I love each one for it's translucency, forgiveness and endless options.
Thanks for visiting!