About Me


I was just a child when I took an interest in activities that fostered my creative talents, as well as my love of animals and nature. These became stable elements in a life that was filled with constant change. I received an education in interior design but soon returned to school, graduating magna cum laude with a BA in communications. I have worked as an interior designer, owned a thriving pet sitting company, and was even the co-owner of a hotel gift shop, but it would be my unexpected journey as an artist and photographer that would change the course of my life.

When I picked up a paint brush in 2001, a new sense of purpose was born. Each painting proved to be a personal expression that created a need to reconnect with myself, my past, and my roots. This led me back to the rural Midwest, where I saw the beauty of the landscape for the first time. I began photographing my surroundings and soon developed an art process that incorporated the images into original mixed media paintings. From there, I continued to capture and create a growing database of images while creating new works as a painter.

As an artist, I'm an abstract painter who likes to experiment with unique mediums and combinations that evolve into something abstract, organic, and rich in texture. I'm also known for works that incorporate repurposed objects and/or Swarovski Elements crystals. Unless I'm acting on a new vision or idea, my paintings are purely an emotional release that most often involve layering combined with a reductive process. Although my current focus is on my photography business, I still paint on occasion and enjoy giving back to the community by participating as an artist in various projects that benefit local organizations.  
 
As a photographer, the most important thing to know about me is that I am not a studio photographer. If that's what you're looking for, I am not the one for you. All of my shoots take place on location. Whether I'm at a gala photographing an event, showcasing real estate, or spending time outside on a family shoot, my goal is to bring out the best in my subjects. I love candid moments, natural smiles and laughter, the way light can flood a room, and the beauty of nature and animals. I tend to capture the details that often go unnoticed, and I strive for an artistic edge with each assignment through the use of natural light, unique angles, and stylish yet simple editing.

If you are looking for a photographer, I would suggest viewing my photography page to see if my style is a good fit for you. If it is (yay!), please contact me with any further questions or to discuss a photo session.

In addition to my creative endeavors, I have more than a decade of experience in events. For event, field marketing, and project management inquires, please view my events page or LinkedIn  to learn more about what I do as an independent contractor.

NJS


ARTIST RESUME


2013 - Repurposed fashion cork rings featured on Recyclart.org
2011 - Green Cube House/Parade of Homes, Featured Artist, Denver, CO
2011 - Repurposed abstract art featured on Recyclart.org
2010 - Featured on Altoids.com
2010 - Brooklyn Art Library, Self-Portrait Exhibit, Brooklyn, NY
2009 - Vain Salon, Solo Show, Denver, CO
2008 - Art House Co-op, Exhibit Artist, Atlanta, GA
2008 - Painting "Reflection" selected for Lost Cat Magnet album cover
2007 - Apartment 19 Salon, 2nd Saturday Artist, Sacramento, CA
2005/6/7 - Urban Fitness, Solo Show & Featured Artist, Sacramento, CA
2006 - 9th Annual Coldwell Banker Fine Art Exhibit, Sacramento, CA
2006 - Transmissions Gallery, Berkeley, CA
2005 - Infusion Cafe, 2nd Saturday Artist, Sacramento, CA
2005 - Starbucks, Featured Artist, Sacramento, CA
2005 - Phoenix Gallery, 2nd Saturday Artist, Sacramento, CA
2004 - Republic Plaza Arts Festival, Denver, CO
2004 - Core Gallery, Juried Exhibit, Honorable Mention, Denver, CO
2003/4 - MAC, Exhibit Artist, Mesa, AZ
2003 - Starbucks, Featured Artist, Mesa, AZ
2002 - Xanadu Gallery, Solo Show, Scottsdale, AZ
2002 - New Earth Gallery, Solo Show, Fairbury, NE
2001/2 - ArtOne Gallery, Local Artist, Scottsdale, AZ

ARTIST DONATIONS

2016 - The Denver Mask Project, The Denver Hospice, Denver, CO


 2015 - Dine & D'art, ArtReach Denver, Denver, CO
2015 - "Night at the Derby" Auction benefiting MSD, Denver, CO
2014 - The Denver Hospice Mask Project, Denver, CO
 2014 - Dine & D'art, ArtReach Denver, Denver, CO


2013 - Dine & D'art, ArtReach Denver, Denver, CO


2010 - Contributing Photographer, Images Without Borders
2009 - The Conflict Center Art Auction, Denver, CO
2008 - "Imagine" for The Special E Fundraiser, Ritz Carlton, Denver, CO
2006 - Coldwell Banker Art Exhibit, Sacramento, CA
2006 - "An Evening with Oscar," Capital City Aids Fund, Sacramento, CA
2005 - Northern California WTC Fundraiser, Sacramento, CA





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